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Q: What is OpenSkills?

A:OpenSkills is a global association of professional individuals. OpenSkills exists to help members make the most of their skills. (more detail here)

Q: Isn't OpenSkills just another agency?

A:In short: No. The clearest distinction is that OpenSkills does not take a cut if you get work with the help of the association. OpenSkills exists to help people make the most of their skills, it's a non-profit venture.

Q: How do I find a member to help me with x?

A:The OpenSkills SkillsBase is the place to look. Alternatively, you can post a message to the OpenSkills-dev mailing list.

Q: How can I become a member?

A:See the page here on the wiki about becoming a member.

How Does OpenSkills make money?

A:OpenSkills is a non-profit organisation. We have to cover our costs though, and we do that through membership fees. The association also provides some additional services that members must pay for, and we accept donations. At the end of the year any surplus is given to other non-pofit or charitable organisations.

OpenSkills is global, but I want to work locally. Can OpenSkills help me?

A:OpenSkills members specify where they are willing to work in the SkillsBase. OpenSkills membership does not mean that you have to travel to get work.

Q: What is Free & Open Source Software (FOSS)?

A:(FOSS) is software whose source code is made available under a free or open source license ...

Q: How do I know for sure that the open source software I'm using isn't really someone else's code that I'll get sued for using?

A:There are no simple answers to this question. The best answer is: it's down to trust. It is worth noting that one should ask this question of both open source and closed source software. Just because you paid for a license does not mean you can be sure that the software was not stolen. Here are some articles which illustrate the complexity of this matter:

The closed nature of closed source software provides some protection from claims of copyright theft (security through obscurity?). OpenSource software, on the other hand, can be inspected by anybody at any time. While this appears to increase the chances of being "found out", it also increases the chances of avoiding problems in the first place.


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