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Re: Resellers/Random thoughts on commercialism

On Sat, Feb 20, 1999 at 01:48:00AM -0600, Stephen Crowley wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 20, 1999 at 01:35:41AM -0600, David Welton wrote:
> > I don't even think it would be a bad idea if we sold something
> > ourselves.  There's nothing wrong with selling free software.
> > Organizing this, though, might be difficult.
> I agree. But how would we be able to set it up without causing
> problems? If we started making money off selling it, maybe some
> companies would fell less motivated to donate to us, thus making us
> dependent upon our own revenue.

keep it small, and give away any "profit" to worthy free-software (and
related) causes.

maybe use some of the money to hire people to do publicity. paid PR
staff is why RH and Caldera get mentioned in all the articles...it's
because they put out press releases all the time so their names get
noticed and remembered by writers.

> If there is a good way to do it though I am all for it. Keeping
> monthly postings of our financial status, where the money is going
> etc. Maybe we could vote on what it would be used for.

allow projects or individuals to apply for grants - e.g. to purchase
hardware needed to write a driver.

possibly make the grant conditional - produce something viable within
6-12 months or pass on the hardware to someone who will.


ps: just random ideas. i'm not strongly attached to any of the above
(except for the bit about keeping it small and getting rid of any

craig sanders

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