Open-source software (OSS) is the backbone of the tech world. The expectation is that the code will be open and available for free.
We want to solve the problem caused by the for free
part. It is currently very difficult to make a living from OSS even if it is being used by thousands of people. OSS builders must be able to support themselves through their projects if we want to reap the benefits of open software.Companies should provide funds for their developers to sponsor open-source projects.
Paying their developers a monthly stipend that can only be spent on supporting OSS will allow companies to support the open-source community and help employees become backers of projects they care about.
- Builders are rewarded for their work and can dedicate themselves to it
- Backers play an active role in supporting their community without sacrificing their financial well-being
- Companies benefit from the improved quality of the tools and can demonstrate their commitment to the open-source community