In Potential Blow to Open-Source Software, Mellon Foundation Closes Grant Program

Marc Parry, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Jan 07, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Chronicle announces a 'blow to open source software' in the closing of a Mellon Foundation grant program, thus perpetuating the myth that open source exists only because foundations like Mellon make it possible. Which is ridiculous, of course. Yes, it's true that their "Research in Information Technology program, or RIT, helped bankroll a catalog of freely available software that includes Sakai. But as Michael Feldstein notes, "Sakai has not received Mellon funding (to my knowledge) for a few years now and is not dependent on it." As with most open source projects, it's the community, and not the funder, that drives the project forward.
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