In the short term, we design financial solutions for open source projects who have difficulties becoming financially sustainable and independent. In the long term, we envision an increased adoption of open source values as new financial models emerge.
The open source movement originated in the late '90s from a longing for a trade-off between the Free Software Fundation (FSF) uncompromising vision of a free society and a more practical and commercially-minded stance. While we sympathize and espouse FSF's vision, we cannot quantum jump to such bold vision; a transition needs compromise while society evolves. We believe that bringing open source values and financial values together is the next step for an open and collaborative world.
Photoshop is a proprietary software and yet has had a substantial positive impact. Virtually all graphic designers swear only by Photoshop and, in a sense, we can be glad that Photoshop went proprietary. Open source alternatives fall short in comparison — they simply don't have the same financial resources. We are designing financial solutions to bring together open source values and the financial needs of elaborate software such as Photoshop.
Critical infrastructure software, such as Operating Systems, should definitely be open source and FSF's strict stance is of particular relevance; infrastructure software is under constant attack of oppressive governments and selfish interests, and open source is of crucial importance in mitigating these threats. We are designing financial solutions to ensure open source values as well as financial independence for infrastructure code.