Governance model update

When the project launched About Pachli described the goals for Pachli-the-association, and noted that:

At the time of writing it is undecided whether Pachli-the-association will exist as a separate entity, or whether those goals can be met under the wing of an organisation like the Software Freedom Conservancy, Software in the Public Interest, or the Nivenly Foundation.”

Read on for update on that process.

Software in the Public Interest

I’m following their Associated Project HOWTO, with nothing to report so far.

Software Freedom Conservancy

After initial discussions with Software Freedom Conservancy my expectation that the project would a better fit with another organisation was confirmed. Excellent interaction with the organisation though, and I’d recommend them to other, larger projects that better meet their mission of “ensure the right to repair, improve and reinstall software.


After some initial e-mail conversation I’ve also met with Quintessence Anx, Executive Director of the Nivenly Foundation to learn more and discuss whether Pachli might be a fit under their umbrella. As the proverb goes there’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip, but I expect to be filling in the more detailed application form soon.

To quote again from the About Pachli page:

When does the association and membership start?

The goal is somewhen before the end of November 2023.

Ideally, one of the organisations mentioned earlier will agree to host the project. That takes time, and may be an unusual request for them; to my knowledge they normally only host existing open source projects, so this may be too far outside their comfort zone.

That would be very understandable.

If it is, starting a Swiss association along these lines is relatively straightforward.

That’s still on-track.

Pachli is a Nivenly Foundation project