Re: Debian money, booth on german church meeting
Martin Schulze wrote:
> Thomas Koch wrote:
> > > Thomas Koch wrote:
> > > > There's a german association, "Linux user in der Kirche" (Linux user
> > > > in the church), which plans to organize a booth on the next big meeting
> > > > of the german church in 2010.
> > > > They aim is to promote the usage of linux in the administrations of
> > > > church communities and of course private use of linux.
> > > > The cost of the booth is around 800 Euro, which must be collected from
> > > > private sponsorship until december to make the booth happen.
> > > >
> > > > Maybe debian could sponsor this event?
> > >
> > > Thanks a lot for your engagement for Debian and GNU/Linux in clerical
> > > environments.
> > >
> > > For other events and shows we have always asked the organisers of the
> > > event to sponsor the booth for Free Software. This even worked for
> > > highly commercial events such as CeBIT and Systems. Partially these
> > > booths weren't sponsored by the organisers but by companies already
> > > maintaining a booth on that particular show.
> > >
> > > I'm not sure the Debian project should start paying for booths now.
> > >
> > > I would rather like Debian to help running the booth by providing
> > > hardware if needed or booth material such as posters and large signs.
> > >
> > There's a radical difference between technical exhibitions like CeBIT and the
> > Kirchentag: At the Kirchentag most of the exhibitants are non-profit. Compared
> > to little initiatives supporting schools in poor countries, a linux booth is
> > even more on the profit site:
> > If people switch to linux there is business to be made in consulting. (Still
> > luki is such a small association that there members would not be likely to
> > profite from such business.)
> It seems to me that these consulting businesses would be good
> addresses to ask for sponsorship of a Debian/GNU/Linux booth if there
> is no way getting a free booth for a charitable association such as
> the Debian Project or the GNU/Linux community.
I've just seen that LUKI e.V. is an association that actively seeks
donations. If you'd have to pay for a booth at the next Kirchentag
and the organisers are unwilling to sponsor a booth, wouldn't LUKI
e.V. be the canonical organisation to ask for sponsorship.
Have you ever noticed that "General Public Licence" contains the word "Pub"?