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Microsoft chucks GNOME $10,000 from their FOSS Fund

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Everyone knows that Microsoft absolutely loves Linux right? Well, that's debatable but hey they did just reach down the back of the sofa and chuck GNOME some cash.

As part of their ongoing Free and Open Source Software Fund (FOSS Fund for short), part of their Microsoft Open Source Programs Office, Microsoft engineers participate in selecting various projects they feel could benefit from a little extra help. No strings attached, no big fancy marketing of Microsoft trying to do something nefarious, just Microsoft workers voting to give out some money to free and open source projects they find interesting.

Just a few days ago it was announced that GNOME was the latest winner of $10,000. Previous winners include systemd, OpenStreetMap, QEMU and various others.

Every month they start a new selection process, which results in a new project getting the $10,000 bonus which is usually paid in 10 monthly installments of $1,000. There's only a few requirements to be considered including:

  • The open source project must be used by Microsoft.
  • Project is actively prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • The project must have an OSI-approved open source license
  • Needs to have a way to receive funds that our procurement and legal teams are happy with (GitHub Sponsors is great!)
  • the project cannot be owned by a Microsoft employee

As a side-note, it's quite interesting to see that even Microsoft see the OSI as the go-to for proper open source licenses.

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Linas Jun 20, 2022
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QuoteThe open source project must be used by Microsoft.
What part of GNOME is used by Microsoft? Honest question.
ShabbyX Jun 20, 2022
And there it is:

> GitHub Sponsors is great!

This was just a microsoft ad. And such a cheap one too.


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dos Jun 20, 2022
Why does pocket money like this grant Microsoft so much PR fuss? There are companies out there that fund GNOME development with multiplies of that amount *each month*.
Pengling Jun 20, 2022
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Quoting: dosWhy does pocket money like this grant Microsoft so much PR fuss? There are companies out there that fund GNOME development with multiplies of that amount *each month*.
It reminds me of them investing money in competitors in the past in order to show that they really truly weren't a monopoly honest, so if I had to guess, maybe it's somehow related to the antitrust issues of old?
Vardamir Jun 20, 2022
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Quoting: Linas
QuoteThe open source project must be used by Microsoft.
What part of GNOME is used by Microsoft? Honest question.

I haven't gone into details with expectations, but I would imagine this will end up related to WSL, or Azure DevOps. GNOME probably refers to GNOME Foundation, which does more than just the desktop manager.

Well, it says on their page:
QuoteIt also powers Ubuntu which is the first Linux work environment supported at Microsoft

So I assume that some people at Microsoft are using Ubuntu as their work environment.
Mountain Man Jun 20, 2022
I'm always suspicious of things like this. What is Microsoft's intent?
elgatil Jun 20, 2022
Wow, that's a low amount. Besides being at most a rounding error for microsoft, it wont pay a GNOME developer for even half a year.
Beamboom Jun 20, 2022
Omg how intensely I hate that company. I could describe why but Liam would only have to censor me for foul language.
Nic264 Jun 20, 2022
QuoteAs a side-note, it's quite interesting to see that even Microsoft see the OSI as the go-to for proper open source licenses.
Note that Microsoft (and GitHub) are both OSI “Maintainer”-level sponsors, meaning they each granted the OSI 10 000 USD (per year, I guess).
Mountain Man Jun 20, 2022
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QuoteAs a side-note, it's quite interesting to see that even Microsoft see the OSI as the go-to for proper open source licenses.
Note that Microsoft (and GitHub) are both OSI “Maintainer”-level sponsors, meaning they each granted the OSI 10 000 USD (per year, I guess).
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