On June 9th, 2008, we filed the incorporation papers for the Parrot Foundation (abbreviated as just "Parrot", or "PaFo" if you can't resist the shiny alphabet soup). The articles of incorporation and bylaws were drafted on the mailing list and in the wiki, the same way all Parrot design documents are drafted. The design of the foundation is very much a part of the design of the whole project, tailored to the culture and customs of Parrot.
The purpose of the foundation is to hold the intellectual property of the project, to help drive development of the core codebase and language implementations, to support and grow the community around Parrot, and reach out to other language projects. As we push through the final steps to the 1.0 release, the foundation will provide the infrastructure we need to move forward.
The initial board of directors consists of: Allison Randal, Chairman; Jerry Gay, President; Will Coleda, Vice President; Shane Warden, Secretary; and Jeff Horwitz, Treasurer. The membership of the foundation will start with the current committers, and quickly expand to include all contributors. Members elect the board of directors every year, so the leadership and direction of the foundation is always guided by the developers.
It's exciting to see the foundation come together so quickly and smoothly. While the idea of a foundation for Parrot has been bubbling on the back burner for about a year, it was only two months ago that we got together and decided it was time to make it a reality.
Thanks to all who have helped make it possible, and cheers to a great future!