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Re: small donations (was Re: contour AND plot(,,'o'))

From: heberf
Subject: Re: small donations (was Re: contour AND plot(,,'o'))
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 12:40:52 -0600 (CST)

Yes, this has been brought up.  JWE suggested that we could channel 
grant/research money to octave development but I don't think this would work.
What would work is if JWE could offer support for a fee.  This is the way the 
GNOME people are getting development money.  The yearly support check would be 
more predictable than charitable donations and would give JWE some stability so 
that he could allocate time to Octave.  JWE has mentioned that there is a 
contracting problem with U Wisc since he has to report consulting pay.  I 
if this couldn't be solved by creating a corporation of one person and U Wisc 
and others could be clients.  Then no one could complain.

Heber Farnsworth

P.S. Not to put down the donation thing.  In fact when the announcement comes 
out I'll be sending a check in and I hope the rest of you will do the same.

> On Wed, 24 Mar 1999, John W. Eaton wrote:
> > We are working on a way to make it easy for us to accept small
> > donations.  I will post an announcement here when we have the details
> > worked out.
> For those of us in academia, it would be helpful if we could make a
> 'donation' by buying something.  I'm not sure if you have anything for
> sale.  If you could sell Octave CDs or manuals for $100 or $50, something
> like that, we could use grant money to buy the stuff and that would be a
> sort of donation.  Of course, Octave could remain freely available through
> the usual channels.  As it stands, our departments/funding agencies
> probably won't let us make donations and we'd have to do that out of our
> own pockets.  We get a lot more in grant money than we get in salary!
> Mike
> -- 
> Michael B. Miller
> University of Missouri--Columbia

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