SavaPage started in 2011 as a proof-of-concept project, and I am proud to say it has now grown to a mature product. This adult status brings on new responsibilities. As more and more organizations adopt SavaPage Open Print Portal as business-critical application, sustainable support and maintenance is more important than ever.
At this moment I am the sole developer and maintainer of the software. Moreover, I am also the sole employee and owner of Datraverse, a company that provides technical support and operational services to SavaPage Community Members. This position is certainly not sustainable in the long term, especially because, being a senior professional, the end of my career is in sight. Therefore, establishing partnerships and transferring business to a younger generation is one of my top priorities. My goal is to make this happen before 2023. Hopefully this gives me enough time to ensure a smooth transferal.
First of all, SavaPage is not just software: it expresses an ethical point of view by being Free Software. Secondly, Datraverse is not just a company: it is a Libre Software Practice, intended to be part of a federation of independent professionals, who work peer-to-peer to fulfill commercial Free Software Services for customers. This setting of a Free Business leans heavily on the Guiding Principles of the P2P Foundation, and is currently adopted by Datraverse in a proof-of-concept practice, waiting to get peer review and hopefully to gain momentum.
If you want to contribute as software developer have a look at the Development Partner Profile. If you would like to offer SavaPage installation and support services, take a look at the Deployment Partner Profile.
Last but not least, if you are strongly committed to Free Software and the concept of a Free Software Practice, and are willing to make a long term contribution, we can discuss a transfer of the legal stewardship of the SavaPage Community 1).
|Rijk Ravestein||SavaPage Community Manager, Owner of Datraverse|