[K12OSN] K12Linux EL6 Fund Drive
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Bait and switch, lol
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From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On
Behalf Of Warren Togami Jr.
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 7:02 AM
To: Support list for open source software in schools.
Subject: [K12OSN] K12Linux EL6 Fund Drive
K12Linux EL6 is a Go!
After further feasibility testing, I now believe that this is a feasible
project. Unfortunately, the amount of work is a lot more than I
originally expected. So here is the new deal.
Details of the Fund Drive are here.
Status of K12Linux EL6 development is here. Already a long list of
stuff to fix... but past experience suggests that fixing one thing will
only allow me to discover more broken pieces.
The new fundraising targets may seem lofty, but I believe it is
achievable because I heard back from more companies than expected, and
there is a strong possibility of larger corporate sponsors coming in to
make matching challenge grants. For example, <company> is willing to
donate $500 if five new members give $100.
As noted here, Corporate Sponsors have a BIG incentive to give due to
the huge potential for brand exposure. This is a very low price for
this kind of PR!
If funds raised exceed these targets, then that may fund my ability to
begin work on the far more difficult Phase 4 of the project.
Contact Me Directly
If you are ready to send money, please contact me directly so we can
figure out the details to minimize transaction costs and maximize the
tax benefits to you.
Fund Drive Totals
The top of this page will say the current pledged and received totals.
I think I screwed up my math earlier as I was confused by mail being
sent to this list, directly to my mail, or to both.
Far Future of K12Linux.org
After K12Linux EL6 is mature, I want to work on the Next Generation
replacement for LTSP. It is absolutely clear that EL6 will be the final
supportable release of RH-based LTSP. If we are to have any Open Source
terminal server solution later, it is going to based on some sort of
I envision K12Linux.org will raise smaller amounts of money in future
years to support the legacy EL6 distribution. Then using that community
momentum, we will separately fund development of a modern VDI-based next
generation replacement for the insecure and inefficient LTSP approach.
The Open Source pieces to build this already exist in libvirt,
virt-manager, kvm, and SPICE. It just would take a lot of work to
integrate those pieces in a coherent way, wrap it in a new K12Linux
branded management solution, and make it easy to deploy.
warren at togami.com
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