"Following the highly successful launch of its Associate
Membership program, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced
today its new Corporate Patronage Program. According to FSF's
Executive Director Bradley M. Kuhn, 'since its launch in late
November, more than 950 people have signed up as Associate Members
of FSF. We are now offering a similar opportunity to the community
of businesses that use Free Software.'
"A number of FSF's existing corporate supporters have already
signed up as part of today's launch. They include companies of all
sizes--from industry giants to small start-up ventures. They
include: Ada Core Technologies, ACT/Europe, Affero, Best Practical,
Brainfood, Cyclades Corporation, HP, IBM, MySQL, OEone Corporation
and Penguin Computing...
"Patronage dues are on a sliding scale based on the number of
employees at a company, or at a particular division of a large
company. Regardless of the size of the company and the dues they
pay, all participating companies will receive the same benefits.
The dues range from $500 for companies with five or less employees
to $10,000 for companies with over 10,000 employees..."