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Will Java Ranch help sponsor philanthropic effort for software developers?

 
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Java Ranchers,

A group of software developers in Annapolis Junction, Maryland have been meeting regularly to discuss new and emerging open-source technologies. We are now a Java.net sponsored organization where we have a project in incubation and where I have a new blog. We would like to increase the number of Java developers who know about this effort so they can help us.

More information on our project is available at the FossESI Project page and my blog my blog

Respectfully requested,
 
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I think I'm missing something: what makes the project philanthropic - the fact that it's open source?
 
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Hey Ulf. We're tryiing to promote the idea of intellectual philanthropy. Just as the Open source community has for years developed free alternatives to popular packages, we're promoting the idea of using our skills to help out groups (focused on not-profits) who could use our services, but can't afford them. I don't know exactly how it will work out, it likely won't happen right away. However, that's the intent.

For the time being, we'll be putting our integration code online, and will release under GPL 3.0.
 
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