Software in the Public Interest

Software in the Public Interest
Founded June 16, 1997 (1997-06-16)
Type 501(c)(3)
Fields Software
Key people
Martin Michlmayr (President)

Software in the Public Interest, Inc. (SPI) is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to help other organizations create and distribute free/open-source software and open-source hardware. Anyone is eligible to apply for membership, and contributing membership is available to those who participate in the free software community.

SPI was originally created to allow the Debian Project to accept donations.[1] It now acts as a fiscal sponsor to many free and open source projects.

SPI has hosted Wikimedia Foundation board elections and audited the tally as a neutral third party from 2007–2011.[2][3]

Associated projects

Current associated projects of SPI are:[4]

Board of directors

Its current board is composed of:[6]

See also

Other free software umbrella organizations:


  1. "A Brief History of Debian". Debian Project. 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  2. "Board elections/2007/en". Wikimedia. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  3. "Board elections/2011/en". Wikimedia. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  4. "SPI Associated Projects". 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  5. "FOSDEM2014: State of the X.Org Foundation". 2014-02-02.
  6. "SPI Board". Retrieved 2017-08-19.

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