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The Reglue $32,000 Campaign Challenge

July 29, 2013

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?


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.

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(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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  1. July 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Nice job raising awareness for them! Challenge accepted.

    (I didn’t actually buy an Ubuntu Edge, but I did donate the same amount to both campaigns)

    • July 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Ah, so you did, Elizabeth! Thank you for accepting the challenge (and thanks, too, for donating the same amount to both projects).

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  2. July 30, 2013 at 3:34 am

    I’m currently at $50/$600 but, will happily double down at Reglue this morning. Not because I care whether you write a month of Sundays on Ubuntu but, to help light a fire under some asses.

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Lighting a fire is good, and while I would be grateful if you could kick in $10 more to make it 10 percent, but I will see $50 as being close enough. Can you e-mail me off-list at larry-dot-cafiero-at-gmail-dot-com and confirm with me which donation on the Reglue list is yours? Once I get that, I’ll add a comment to this post about Ubuntu. Thanks.

      And . . . now that I have confirmation from TonyNoOne, you may have heard this already, but it’s still pretty amazing.

      Reglue/Ubuntu contributor Alan Pope talks about his experience staffing the Ubuntu booth at OSCON earlier this month — his first visit to OSCON — outlining some of the reactions to Ubuntu Edge. “We had a few people go away and come back the next day telling us they’d backed the campaign after seeing it.” Read Alan’s report here.

  3. Colonel Panik
    July 30, 2013 at 7:56 am

    If we need for Ubuntu to succeed so that ReGlue will succeed then

    Mr. Shuttleworth owns the Ubuntu bus and can drive the route that
    he wants to drive. If that route passes your stop, great, get in, sit down
    and hold on. Thanks for helping ReGlue Mark.

    Software Freedom Day September 21

    • July 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Hey, Colonel — What I actually need is for folks who really advocate for FOSS to keep things in perspective. The folks who have donated here have stepped up to the plate and I’m grateful for that — the others . . . * shrug *

  4. July 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    100$ for Reglue, 650$ for Ubuntu-Edge. (A Canadian software geek helping disadvantaged kids in Texas! What next?)

    • July 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      What next, indeed! Thanks very much, Alex, for accepting the challenge and also donating to Reglue.

      By the way, did you see Jane Silber’s interview on CNBC shortly after the announcement for Ubuntu Edge? She clearly nailed it, saying about Edge that, “[W]e also saw a real opportunity to do something special. We think there’s a gap between the hardware and products that are being produced.”

      Watch it at the bottom of this page here.

  5. July 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Backed & pimped. Nice one raising awareness.

    • July 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks very much, Alan! I couldn’t find your contribution on Ubuntu Edge — can you confirm this by either responding to this comment or by e-mailing me at larry-dot-cafiero-at-gmail-dot-com when you get a chance? Once I get that, you’ll get your wonderfully scintillating post about Ubuntu 🙂 Thanks.

      Wait . . . found it!

      You probably already know this, Alan, but it bears repeating because of the coolness factor: Designer Chee Wong takes readers through the design process of Ubuntu Edge, and it’s an interesting look at how it came together to what you had (well, what Jono had) at OSCON. The article is here.

  6. July 31, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Challenge accepted and met (well, I needed to pledge $60 but when I saw the chance to have signed copies of Mr. Knight’s books I couldn’t resist).

    I hope both projects meet (and even exceed) their funding goals 🙂

    • July 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks very much, Neil, for accepting the challenge, and enjoy Thomas Knight’s books!

      Hey, did you know that enterprise would benefit greatly by Ubuntu Edge? Don’t take my word for it — that’s what Canonical’s Victor Palau said in an interview with Inforworld about the “superphone” yesterday. When asked the reason why the Ubuntu Edge is such a good fit for enterprises, Palau gave a simple but compelling answer – it’s all about convergence. Here’s the article — happy reading!

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