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Re: [Fwd: Funding for Lightspark Development]


-1 , this is advertising on the site from what I see. I originally
thought they are willing to sponsor certain features being

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM, Alessandro Pignotti
<a.pignotti@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I've received this proposal from the ThinkPenguin.com CEO. I'd like to
> receive feedback from the community about this possibility. Moreover,
> since I have a job that involves improving lightspark, I would prefer
> not to handle any eventual money coming from this agreement myself. So
> it would also be nice if someone could step up to be a reference for
> this aspect.
> Alessandro
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Christopher Waid" <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: a.pignotti@xxxxxxxx
> Cc:
> Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:06:33 -0500
> Subject: Funding for Lightspark Development
> We have an interest in supporting a free flash implementation and were
> wondering if you would be interested in working with us in a mutually
> beneficial arrangement. We are currently working with Trisquel project to
> help raise funds for the distributions development. While not much every
> little bit helps.
> We are focused on GNU/Linux and more importantly free software support. We
> sell computers, accessories, and other GNU/Linux hardware. Part of what we
> are doing is simply trying to reduce the difficulty in moving away from
> non-free platforms. We are working on various plug-ins in this regard to
> help users around hostile web sites as well as ship free software friendly
> hardware. None of the products in our catalog are dependent on non-free
> drivers or firmware. The BIOS and some microcode being an exception at
> present.
> We don't ourselves have any significant stream of money coming in at
> present although have made great progress over the last three years in
> getting to a self-sustaining point. As things are improving we have been
> making mutual arrangements with various projects whom also share some of
> our goals. Trisquel being one of them.
> We would like to offer you guys an opportunity to raise money for the
> project by linking to us. We could offer a return on any sales of 25% of
> the profits. While I doubt this will be a significant amount of money we
> are seeing funds trickling to the Free Software Foundation on a regular
> basis as well as the Trisquel project (a free distribution).
> The way we have set it up for Trisquel is they simply link to
> libre.thinkpenguin.com and a donation is added (at no cost to the user) to
> the users shopping cart. In the case of Trisquel we also make some changes
> to the site to ensure there is no promotion of non-free distributions to
> its user base (we get rid of compatibility documentation for Ubuntu and
> other non-free distributions for instance).
> Christopher Waid
> CEO - ThinkPenguin.com
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