Would Haiku benefit if it were headquartered in the EU? I am thinking in terms of receiving development funding, the ability to be part of an EU strategy for IT sovereignty, or just a perception of sharing European values of privacy and ownership of personal data. What would be the disadvantages?
We could use that legal entity there. But, 1) not sure what we’d do exactly with it right now and 2) someone has to do the paperwork and stuff.
From my local point of view here in France the current government seems pretty happy with using Microsoft/Google/IBM things even when there are local alternatives available. So I don’t have high hopes for anything in that area. Maybe it’s different at the EU level or in other countries.
Then there was EU-FOSSA which ended last month: https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/informatics/eu-fossa-2_en They tried different things: hosting/funding “hackatons” (coding sprints) for various projects (one of them for the Apache foundation, again something not EU based), a bug bounty program mostly geared towards security and internet infrastructure, etc.
Having an HQ in the European Union does not seem to make a difference
What’s needed is someone doing the work to apply to such programs, tell them what we need and why we’d be useful/what we would bring in.
Also, remember that Google and Microsoft are now also Open Source companies and will probably apply for these things as well. So we’ll still be competing against them.
Wow, thank you for such a comprehensive response. I think with the US, EU and places like Russia and China going their own ways, it is probably early days yet and the EU will probably in due course start to seek sovereignty of their IT needs, but apparently it is not at that stage yet.
Yeah, in some rare cases you can get some millions from the EU, like MINIX, which we know now everybody using an intel CPU is running without being told… I once met Tannenbaum and proposed him to try the Haiku GUI atop MINIX but he didn’t even answer, shy guy.
So, what wouldn’t be theoretically possible? You may need to change a lot of code, it’s a lot of work, but I don’t see how you could make this impossible. I mean, you can already run a virtual machine with Haiku inside it on Linux, that’s a way to do it
For what it’s worth, I made sure to keep our core infrastructure somewhere “politically boring”. Our infrastructure was located in Germany. During the shakeup a few years ago, I moved everything to Amsterdam (where it continues to live today). We do have our nightly images in object storage in the US though.
Haiku, Inc. (A US not-for-profit) holds copyright over a lot of our code, but since the core codebase lives in git in Amsterdam (as well as multiple other locations) it really doesn’t matter too much. Several board members are located in the EU as well offering them some protection from US prosecution.