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

Morgan Leijström fri at tribun.eu
Thu Sep 30 09:20:09 CEST 2010

Den 2010-09-30 00:24:59 skrev Michael Scherer:
> 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.

Well written, Michael!

Such explanation makes it easier to open the purse.
Could some text like this be linked from the donation page?

Linked, so it need not be translated every time it is updated;

It would be nice if it would be updated with what the money is planned to be 
used for, and have been used for so far, in the future.


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