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Canonical is behind Ubuntu, and RedHat is behind RHEL/Fedora, but who funds and who manages LXLE? The website says, "User contributions through donations and store purchases help cover the administrative and hosting cost of the distribution". But, there must some company collecting and dispersing those funds.

For those who aren't aware, LXLE is a "respin" of LUbuntu, and stands for "Lubuntu Extra Life Extension.

This question isn't intended to be nosy. It looks like a distribution I would like to try, and I am just trying to do "due diligence" before installing software on my computer.

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closed as off-topic by terdon, Anthon, jasonwryan, Zelda, Timo Feb 28 '14 at 6:43

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Why do you think there must be a company? The vast majority of Linux distributions don't have a company behind them. Debian, Arch, Mint to list some well known ones. In fact, apart from RH, SuSe and Ubuntu, I don't know off the top of my head of any other corporate sponsored Linux. –  terdon Feb 28 '14 at 3:29
@terdon I guess it is just hard for me to imagine how it would work otherwise. Someone needs to make decisions about what will be included and what will not; someone had to make the decision to organize the effort; the founders of the distro will want some control over the direction it takes, and some protection from personal legal liability. The quality of the web site and its forum suggests that there are full time developers working on it. All of this to me sounds like there must some company behind it. –  Paul Lynch Feb 28 '14 at 3:36
Nope, sorry, that's the beauty of the open source collaborative system. There are in fact very very few distros that are produced by companies (there are a few more that are backed by companies). For example, of the top 10 most popular distros today, only one is produced by a company (Ubuntu) and two are backed by one (Fedora and openSuSe). All the rest are purely community efforts (and so are Fedora and openSuse really). –  terdon Feb 28 '14 at 3:40
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the business model of a particular distribution and not about any specific issue with the OS. –  terdon Feb 28 '14 at 3:42
@terdon At least with Debian, there is a highly structured organization behind it, and ample information about how it is run and who is running it. (See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian#Organization). I have not found similar information about LXLE-- but maybe that is because it is so new. The question is not so much about the business model as who is running it. You are correct that it is not about using LXLE. If that means it is off topic, I apologize. –  Paul Lynch Feb 28 '14 at 17:39

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