Posted on September 10, 2008 in IP, NOSI by Brian RoweView Comments

As part of our commitment to move to Open Source Software FFIP is joining the Nonprofit Open Source.  We should have joined long ago it is a great org that does a lot of work to help NPO’s move to open source solutions.  The organization is member driven and focuses on the community helping each other.

Here is a little more about NOSI:

NOSI is an organization that was started to facilitate and encourage the use of free open source software in the nonprofit sector.

We provide concrete resources to help organizations choose and use free and open source software.

Past posts on NOSI:

Huge props to Michelle Murrain and NOSI!

Posted on October 9, 2007 in FOSS, NOSI, nptech by Sarah DaviesView Comments

Just read the new Open Source Primer from Nonprofit Open Source Initiative written by Michelle Murrain. The primer does an incredibly thorough and fair job of weighing the economic, temporal, and philosophical benefits of proprietary and open source software. It also documents case studies from front runners in open source software development and small nonprofits who are just starting to use Linux. My favorite passage:

Community ownership of software is also in itself consonant with the missions of many nonprofit organizations, whose role is in strengthening community. By using tools that are owned by everyone, you know that you aren’t building your work in a way that depends on or benefits any one corporation or institution, but building your work in a way that benefits everyone.

This is a well written and well researched opus that will benefit the nonprofit community hugely in the years to come. Bravo!

Cross-posted to my personal blog – Civil Disobedient