Open source community split over offer of ‘corporate’ welfare for critical dev tools

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Linux Foundation presents IT and help to key volunteers – and some wonder if this is a deal with the Devil

The free and open source software (FOSS) community is caught in a love triangle of sorts.

Sourceware, a volunteer group that has been supporting various critical FOSS developer tools for more than two decades, is being courted by The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF). The OpenSSF aims to improve open source software security by providing Sourceware projects with more modern IT infrastructure.

But some members of the Sourceware community fear that accepting the help of the OpenSSF would give the corporate Linux world more leverage over FOSS developer tools. They would prefer to seek support from the Software Freedom Conservancy, a charitable non-profit that they believe is better aligned with software freedom.