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The Reglue $32,000 Campaign Challenge

July 29, 2013 14 comments

At this point, the Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo campaign for $32 million is just north of $7 million.

At this point, the Reglue Indiegogo campaign for $32,000 is just south of $4,000.

And that’s after Mark Shuttleworth kicked in $1,000 to the Reglue campaign (a sincere thank you for that one, Mark; sincerely and seriously — no snark).

If you do the math, $32,000 is 0.1 percent — one-tenth of one percent — of $32 million. But I hate fractions and decimal points, so I’m going to round up the figure to, oh, 10 percent by throwing out the decimal point and swapping the digits instead.

With this 10 percent factor, I hereby throw down the gauntlet to each and every Ubuntu Edge contributor.

Here’s the challenge: You bought an Ubuntu Edge phone for $600 or $800 already? Great. If you can afford to spend that much on a phone, you can kick in 10 percent of that to the Reglue Indiegogo campaign to help underprivileged kids around Austin, Texas, get Linux boxes, as well as providing the upkeep and day-to-day operations of nine computer learning labs in and around Austin.

You didn’t buy a phone, but you believe in Canonical’s project enough to place some money down? Fantastic. Now, how about about donating 10 percent of what you gave to them to a project that not only provides the aforementioned Linux boxes and computer labs, but also provides Internet connectivity to the most needy of their clients?

That’s all I’m asking, Ubunteros: 10 percent of what you gave to Ubuntu Edge.

[This is not to say that those who didn't donate to Ubuntu Edge are exempt. If you are a good Fosstafarian and want to see the good that Reglue does succeed, by all means donate.]

Bonus: Here’s your chance to make me eat proverbial crow, Ubuntu fans. I’ll sit in the digital sideshow dunk tank and let you throw baseballs to put me in the water. If you donated to BOTH Ubuntu Edge and Reglue — your Reglue donation must be at least 10 percent of your Ubuntu Edge donation — you have accepted the challenge, so post a comment to this blog with your real name and the amount of your donations to each. Upon my confirmation of both donations, I will comment back with a statement and/or observation to each and every comment about what Ubuntu is/has been doing right and/or something positive about Ubuntu.

Double bonus: Want to see me eat my words for an entire month? How’s this? If Reglue makes its goal of $32,000 — with or without the help of Ubuntu users and fans — I’ll write a month of Sundays of Ubuntu blog posts extolling the glory that is the adjective-and-the-animal-with-the-same-letter. That’s a month of Larry the Free Software Guy blogs, which run on Sundays, accenting the greatness that is Ubuntu. The top four Ubuntu Edge/Reglue donors (top Ubuntu Edge donors to Reglue, that is) each get to pick one of the four topics for four consecutive Sunday LtFSG blog items singing the glowing praises of Canonical, Ubuntu or both.

[Looking at the proverbial scoreboard, the top donor in this category so far would be Mark Shuttleworth. How about it, Mark? Think you can rally your troops?]

There you go, folks. You have a few weeks left. Feeling up to the task?

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Oops, I did it again: Every time I mention Ubuntu Edge in a blog post, I am going to mention this. I still strongly advocate for folks to donate to the following groups instead of giving millions to Canonical. Give instead to:

Reglue (especially Reglue, for reasons mentioned above)

Partimus (bringing Linux boxes to classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area)

CrunchBang (or your favorite distro, if it accepts donations)

Tux4Kids (the folks who bring you Tux Paint and other educational FOSS programs across platforms)

Or even taking a look at the list of projects at Software for the Public Interest and choose one of those.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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Why it sucks to be rich

July 28, 2013 2 comments

Before we get underway today, it bears mentioning in the face of the Ubuntu Forums cracking — down for seven days now, guys . . . it’s that big a problem? — that we know who has root, or at least Mark Shuttleworth said so when he wrote, “Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already” in his blog item here from September of last year.

So, can we get a show of hands? Still trust him with your data?

OK, perhaps that was hasty, and I take it back. I know it must really suck to be rich; to have the one-percenter problems that I could not begin to imagine. I understand the wealthy don’t have the same concerns as those of us who have too much month at the end of the money while splitting hairs between paying utility bills and buying enough ramen for the rest of the week.

But mac-and-Velveeta problems pale in comparison to what Mark Shuttleworth has had to go through recently. Apparently, Mark has had to lawyer up and sue the South African government to have South Africa’s exchange control system declared unconstitutional, as well as having the High Court in Pretoria set aside a levy of over 250 million rand he had to pay to get some of his assets out of the country in 2009, and order the SA Reserve Bank to return the money.

According to the iafrica.com article linked above, “[Shuttleworth] had assets worth over R4.27 billion in South Africa when he emigrated, but transferred the assets out of the country in 2008 and 2009, each time paying a 10 percent levy.”

Ouch. Ten percent of your fortune stays behind when you leave your country for a tax haven like the Isle of Man? That’s truly not right, and on principle I would certainly agree that Shuttleworth deserves his money. No lie and no sarcasm: Mark definitely did the right thing in filing suit.

That was in April. The Durban reported on July 19 that the High Court in Pretoria has struck down Shuttleworth’s case. While The Durban reports the court “on Thursday [July 18] dismissed Shuttleworth’s application to strike down the whole of Section 9 of the Currency and Exchange Act and all of the Exchange Control Regulations as unconstitutional,” they did find parts of it unconstitutional, but most importantly it appears that the 250 million rand is lost for good to the South African government.

That certainly must have put a damper on the Ubuntu Edge Indegogo campaign rollout on the Monday following the ruling. As an aside, this is what 250 million rand looks like in U.S. dollars: At roughly 0.102 dollars to the rand, it comes out to roughly $25.6 million, just $6.4 million short of the $32 million that Ubuntu Edge is seeking in their campaign ending on Aug. 21.

Pity, since if the South African court had ruled in Shuttleworth’s favor and this windfall was returned to him, imagine how far along the Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo campaign would be if he donated some, most or all of it.

Sorry about losing the suit, Mark — you truly got hosed. And seriously, good luck with the campaign.

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But, hey, I said “Ubuntu Edge” again: Every time I blog and Ubuntu Edge is mentioned, I am going to repeat the following from a previous blog. I still strongly advocate for folks to donate to the following groups instead of giving millions to a company like Canonical which doesn’t care much about anything other than itself. Give instead to:

Reglue (especially Reglue, which is creating a new generation of FOSS users as you read this sentence)

Partimus (bringing Linux boxes running Ubuntu to classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area, or any other project like it)

CrunchBang (or your favorite distro, if it accepts donations)

Tux4Kids (the folks who bring you Tux Paint and other educational FOSS programs across platforms)

Or even taking a look at the list of projects at Software for the Public Interest and choose one of those.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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No, it’s not you, Ian

July 27, 2013 5 comments

Ian Murdock, the father of Debian (and the “ian” in the name Debian), posted this tweet a couple of days ago:

“Is it me, or does it seem like Ubuntu is increasingly a solution in search of a problem?”

The tweet ends with a link to the Steven Vaughan-Nichols article on Ubuntu Unity on ZDNet.

Just sayin’, Ian: No, it’s not you, and you nailed it right on the proverbial head.

See you all tomorrow on Blog Sunday.

One more thing: Every time I blog about Ubuntu Unity, I am going to mention this. I still strongly advocate for folks to donate to the following groups instead of giving millions to a company like Canonical which doesn’t care much about anything other than itself. Give instead to:

Reglue (especially Reglue, which is creating a new generation of FOSS users as you read this sentence)

Partimus (bringing Linux boxes to classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area, or any other project like it)

CrunchBang (or your favorite distro, if it accepts donations)

Tux4Kids (the folks who bring you Tux Paint and other educational FOSS programs across platforms)

Or even taking a look at the list of projects at Software for the Public Interest and choose one of those.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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