OSS sponsorships

Why sponsoring OSS is hard

Published: Monday, Mar 11, 2024 Last modified: Monday, May 27, 2024

There are too many OSS tools that a typical company uses. It’s not feasible to sponsor all of them.

It’s impossible to do this responsibly or fairly.

Could instead bring attention to projects an organisation uses. Equivalent to “exposure bucks” in the design world.

Could we instead sponsor our time to a project we use and account for that in our time tracking?

Perhaps consider https://www.oss.fund/ as a way to find projects to sponsor.

Too much logistics to figure out how to contribute back.

Many projects like colima rely on lima and qemu and so on and on. No one knows how to distribute the money across layers of dependencies.