[K12OSN] Pledge Drive for K12Linux EL6

Terrell Prude' Jr. microman at cmosnetworks.com
Tue May 17 05:55:02 UTC 2011

I am game for this.  I hereby commit to a pledge of $50 for this effort, 
with possibly more to follow as this progresses.

Additionally, I'm actually quite good at writing documentation, so I can 
help out here.  I wrote the NMIS 4.3.6 documentation, which is now being 
used as the basis for the new v8 docs.

If Warren's willing to do all this for just that amount of 
money...folks, that's a bargain.  We'd be fools to pass this up.


Warren Togami Jr. wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I am capable of making an EL6-based LTSP.  But I have significant 
> doubts that this community is worthwhile to create this software 
> suite.  Even years ago when LTSP was more relevant, I completely 
> failed to recruit additional volunteers to help develop Fedora LTSP.  
> Furthermore I am now reminded how thankless this job is, where I 
> receive mostly grief and unrealistic expectations from people who 
> contribute nothing.
> So here's the deal.  I am willing to do this project in phases if we 
> have a combination of donations and volunteers willing to write formal 
> documentation.
> Phase I: Feasibility Assessment
> ===============================
> If this community makes donations totaling $250, I am willing to begin 
> the feasibility assessment portion of this project.  I will do some 
> development only to the point of knowing if the EL6 base is feasible 
> at all.  If it isn't feasible, then the donation can be returned.
> Phase II: Development of EL6 Native for EPEL6 Inclusion
> =======================================================
> An additional $500 will commence development.  The goal of this 
> portion is to make the Server and Client based on unmodified EL6.  
> This would be suitable for inclusion in EPEL6.
> Server Side: GNOME 2, Firefox, Thunderbird, Evolution, OpenOffice suite.
> Client Side: Supported hardware would be anything i686 with PAE.
> Phase III: Release Install Media, Develop Alternate Client OS
> =============================================================
> I will release the full install media with an additional $500 
> donation.  Thereafter I will commence development of an alternative 
> non-PAE i686 kernel and optional Debian /opt/ltsp/i386 to enable older 
> client hardware.
> Phase IV: Software Updates through Year 2012
> ============================================
> $500 will enable a good faith effort to fix bugs, software updates in 
> the EL6 LTSP stream, and refreshed EL6.1 or EL6.2 based LTSP install 
> media through the end of year 2012.
> Tax Deductible
> ==============
> To prove that this isn't about personal enrichment but rather proving 
> that the community will support this development, the full amount of 
> these donations will go toward a particular 501(c)3 charity 
> organization of my choosing.  American donors may be able to benefit 
> from a tax deduction.
> These are the conditions under which I am willing to spend my time on 
> this cause.  If you are interested in making a donation, you may reply 
> on this list or contact me directly.
> Warren Togami
> warren at togami.com
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