Software in the Public Interest

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Software in the Public Interest
SPI logo.png
Founded June 16, 1997; 19 years ago (1997-06-16)
Type 501(c)(3)
Fields Software
Key people
Bdale Garbee (President)

Software in the Public Interest, Inc. (SPI) is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to help other organizations create and distribute free/open-source software and open-source hardware. Anyone is eligible to apply for membership, and contributing membership is available to those who participate actively in the free software community.

SPI was originally created to allow the Debian Project to accept donations.[1] It now acts as a fiscal sponsor to many free and open source projects.

SPI has hosted Wikimedia Foundation board elections and audited the tally as a neutral third party from 2007–2011.[2][3]

Associated projects[edit]

Current associated projects of SPI are:[4]

Board of Directors[edit]

Its current board (elected by the Schulze method, a Condorcet method) is composed of:

  • President: Bdale Garbee
  • Vice-President: Joerg Jaspert
  • Secretary: Jonathan McDowell
  • Treasurer: Michael Schultheiss
  • Board of Directors:
    • Clint Adams
    • Robert Brockway
    • Joshua D. Drake
    • Jimmy Kaplowitz
    • Martin Zobel-Helas
  • Advisors:

See also[edit]

Other free software umbrella organizations:


  1. ^ "A Brief History of Debian". Debian Project. 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Board elections/2007/en". Wikimedia. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  3. ^ "Board elections/2011/en". Wikimedia. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  4. ^ "projects". 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  5. ^ "FOSDEM2014: State of the X.Org Foundation". 2014-02-02. 

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