|FROM ||Adam Kosmin
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] Re: referrals needed
I wish it were that easy. If there's anything I've learned from trying
to raise funds for this cause, it's that nothing happens without direct
personal communication. The broadcast approach has generated exactly $17.
Therefore, I see two options. I can either admit to myself that the
F/OSS community does not recognize the value in addressing the (long
overdue) issue involving the Microsoft Tax and simply walk away, or I
can fund the case myself. Aside from the personal burden I'd be taking
on by choosing the latter, I should point out that the real danger lies
in the possibility of starting something that may not be finished (due
to limited resources). If that ends up being the case, then the campaign
looses much more than a simple court case; it loses momentum, time, and
quite possibly, the endorsement of one very competent lawyer who has
come forward in an honest attempt to help us.
So to answer your question more directly, the original message was
specifically targeted to groups who I'd tend to think have the type of
connections I'm interested in connecting with. Over the past year, I've
grown a bit tired of having my rants published and giving interviews
expressing the campaign. The word is out and the time has come to either
make some progress or accept the fact that progress will not be made.
Realizing this, it only makes sense for me to try and connect with
like-minded individuals. I'd appreciate any leads or introductions you
can offer :)
All the best,
James McDermott (jmcdermo-at-redhat.com) wrote:
" Perhaps a website with a paypal donation link on it that could be
" newsforged, or slashdotted?
" On Sat, 2004-04-03 at 13:35, Adam Kosmin wrote:
" > Hello everyone,
" > Some of you may know that I've been trying to generate financial support
" > for an upcoming case involving the Windows (No) Refund issue. My lawyer
" > and I have interviewed a potential plaintiff who has done an outstanding
" > job documenting his case and I feel very confident that a victory can be
" > secured if we can manage to finance this claim.
" > Sadly, despite my many attempts to raise these finances, we have only
" > received 20% of the $1000 dollar target.
" > Personally, I don't take defeat well (anyone who knows me can attest to
" > this fact) and have decided to inject $800 into this fund from my own
" > pocket if I can't get the gap filled in the next 2 weeks. Perhaps this
" > isn't the brightest thing I could be doing with my money while being
" > unemployed but I believe this issue is far too important to cast aside
" > in order to minimize personal discomfort.
" > Therefore, I would like to ask everyone on this group if they would
" > consider contacting me with any referrals of persons involved with a
" > company who might consider making a financial contribution
" > into this fund. Of course, these referrals do not have to be limited to
" > a company but can include anyone or any group that might have something
" > to offer.
" > Sincerely,
" > Adam Kosmin
" > WindowsRefund.net
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line of reasoning, is I want to walk the Court through enough of our
complaint to help the Court understand that IBM clearly did contribute a
lot of the Unix-related information into Linux. We just don't know what
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