In other words: Figure out some standards and best practices and maybe start to consolidate our best toys in a communal toy chest. Get our act together as a community. Get a better idea of what works and what doesn’t, which approaches and implementations should be incorporated and what should be dumped, and what new challenges the open source community should tackle. Consolidarity, dude.
“This means participants all have an equal say in where the project goes. We get stronger buy-in from contributors, and thus more robust project growth, when they know that a corporate owner of the copyright won’t be able to either take the project away or force it to move in a direction that serves mainly them,” explained Borchers.
You are the Ecosystem
Cross-browser testing suite provider Sauce Labs is already on board as a member organization and has donated Appium — open source mobile testing software — to the new foundation. Jonathan Lipps was architect and project lead for the popular cross-platform, language agnostic framework, but occasionally found himself frustrated when talented developers who wanted to contribute were blocked by the corporate policies of their day jobs, preventing them from contributing to open source projects owned by other for-profit companies. “Moving to foundation-based stewardship clearly became the right thing to do,” Lipps said.
“As a company whose two main offerings were based on open source entities, it was time to put our open source money where our open source mouth is and donate the copyright to a nonprofit.”
Lipps said Sauce Labs was attracted by the foundation’s tagline, which is “Innovate together.” There is huge need to bring together projects doing more or less the same thing into conversation and collaboration, and — when the intellectual property is held by a nonprofit — “all the various inventors might be willing to more band together, have a confluence of visions, and start to standardize.”
In short, “We aim to be the driving force for application developers in the standards of the language that runs the web.