From: Tzafrir Cohen (tzafrir_at_nonexisting.hamakor.org.il)
Date: Mon 04 Jul 2005 - 15:08:36 IDT
On Mon, Jul 04, 2005 at 01:52:51PM +0300, Eran Tromer wrote:
> Internally, we can shorten the title to "ספק מוקר". :-)
> The envisioned benefits are multiple. First, Hamakor can wave around a
> list of companies to prove custom FOSS is viable, and potential
> customers can use that list. Second, commercial FOSS developers get some
> marketing advantage (and some developers may be tempted to the FOSS side
> by this promise), which is in line with Hamakor's agenda. Third, Hamakor
> gets free advertising by those developers when they use the title or logo.
> As for the criteria for the merit-based certification: it can be either
> general involvement in FOSS (i.e., similar to Hamakor membership
> criteria), or actually performing and publishing non-negligible amounts
> of hard-core FOSS work (coding, patching, QA). The former covers
> Hamakor's agenda more comprehensively, but the latter is more in-line
> with what customers look for and thus makes the title more meaningful
> for them; it may also be safer legally, since it's more easily proven in
> case some customer gets the silly idea of suing Hamakor when his
> contract goes awry. So I think the latter is better. Because of the
> same legal concern, and also to keep things straight, certification
> should require proof, such as patches or Bugzilla entries, which will be
> archived (and maybe made public?). The certificate should be awarded for
> a time-limited duration of (say) 2 years, and re-examined afterwards.
> Alternatively (or in addition) it could be made withdrawable, with the
> company legally committing to stop using it within (say) 3 months of
> withdrawal, Then, there's the issue of who decides the certification.
> One option, which I'd be quite happy with, is to let the Vaad appoint a
> 5-person panel of "expert judges" who will vote on each candidate
> (excluding from the vote those that have interests in that specific
> candidate). This is simple, quite safe from abuse given the stakes and
> the people involved, and maintains a respectable image.
> Opinions? Bulldozers?
I'm not sure that this is the job of Hamakor to do that. I'm not exactly
sure the board or whoever will be responsible will actually disqualify
Omer mentioned wiki as a potential medium to allow everybody to give
their opinions about the providers. Another thought: eBay has a rating
mechanism to allow buyers to rate the sellers.
But then again, is there anything actually being used? Debian has its
consultants list: http://www.debian.org/consultants/#policy
According to it it seems that the list is updated manually by a central
body that tries to verify the information. The page mentions a current
backlog of 130 entries.
PostgreSQL seems to have something similar on a smaller scale:
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