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From Robert Burrell Donkin <robertburrelldon...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Can (Podling) Projects collect funds through certification programs?
Date Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:25:58 GMT
On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM, Ross Gardler
<rgardler@opendirective.com> wrote:
> Further to Ians reply, I have a couple of comments inline...
>
> On 13 December 2011 10:23, seba.wagner@gmail.com <seba.wagner@gmail.com> wrote:
>> How does the ASF deal with requests from companies that would like to get a
>> certificate as reseller of a software?
>>
>> Are (Podling) Projects allowed to organize a "Certification" program for
>> distributors and collect funds for their project that way?
>
> There is no "certification" process. Anyone is free to do whatever
> they want with Apache software as long as that use conforms to the
> Apache trademark policy. This includes setting up a third party
> organisation to accept donations, payments, license fees or whatever
> you want to pay for your own distribution and subsequent contributions
> to the Apache upstream project.

(I'm a little out of the loop ATM so hopefully people will jump in and
correct my mistakes)

For interesting community stuff that a podling community wants to
organise (which might need some seed corn financial support), the
usual problem at Apache is energy (volunteers willing to work to make
an event successful) not funds. If the community has a great idea and
the energy to make it happen, then ask (here, first) and Apache can
probably make it happen.

Robert

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