[Mageia-discuss] keep on donate or AUFML full transparency

Michael Scherer misc at zarb.org
Thu Sep 30 00:24:59 CEST 2010

Le mercredi 29 septembre 2010 à 20:41 +0000, André Machado a écrit :
> How much Mageia Foundation needs to start its operations?

This is not a Foundation, this is a association, which is a little bit
different from a legal point of view.

And well, I think we need to pay for the domain name 
( 12 e/y ), for the trademark ( 400e ), for the disks ( no estimate yet,
depend on the size and the price ), for some part of the hosting ( can
be quite cheap or not, a small server for dns/smtp/etc, cost around 20
to 30 euros per months ). You can also add some administrative fees
( bank account, sending letter to association members, etc ).

So the bare minimum is quite low. But with it, you do not do much.

With more money, well, better and more servers can be bought ( faster
build, more services, spare hardware in case of problem ), developers
travel and so on. For example, Opensuse have invited us to come at their
conference in Nuremberg, but that's a little bit too far and expensive
for me, so I guess I will have to decline. 

You can also see how Mozilla foundation, or Wikimedia does and spend
their money, but their need are far greater than ours. 

Usually, this is the available funds that decide what can be done, and
not the reverse. 

Michael Scherer

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