jr at jriddell.org
Tue Sep 3 14:00:38 UTC 2013
----- Forwarded message from Niall McCarthy <nmccarthy at emerge-open.com> -----
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:15:49 +0100
Subject: Please forward to the Kubuntu Council
From: Niall McCarthy <nmccarthy at emerge-open.com>
To: Jonathan Riddell <jr at jriddell.org>,
Tariq Fayaz <tariq at withsupport.co.uk>
I'm delighted that we've finally got the commercial Kubuntu support
offering under way. It feels like such a long time since we first spoke!
Some points for the council to discuss please:
a) We currently have no engagement contract in place with Kubuntu. I think
it is always wise to have a contract in place. With your permission,
Emerge Open will get a contract drafted for your review over the coming
months. The contract will be published under Creative Commons.
b) Emerge Open is a not-for-profit who's mission is to provide sustainable
funding for Open Source Communities. If you do anything for us please
emphasize this point.
c) As you are aware Emerge Open's support service is currently outsourced
to WithSupport Ltd. We've been delighted with our relationship with
WithSupport for the last year and have found them highly professional and
skilled. However, if the Kubuntu Community is unhappy with the quality of
commercial support it is receiving then it can request that Emerge Open
changes its support partner. This process will have to be fleshed out in
contract. In short, the Kubuntu Community retains its right to choose.
d) The Kubuntu commercial support will not be the only source of funding
you will receive from Emerge Open. In the very near future, all profits
from any IT Service provision will be pushed directly into Community. This
will be on a trial basis for the moment and it does not relate to profits
that Emerge Open will make from similar relationships we may have with
other Communities. The money will be split evenly between our Community
partners (currently, Kubuntu is the only one, but that is likely to change
soon). Please bear in mind that we're a start up so IT Services profits
are going to be thin on the ground for a while :)
e) Emerge Open provides Recruitment services. Revenue from the recruitment
services will be used to pay our staff, to finance business growth and to
create a fund for larger investments in Community. The recruitment
services are explicitly separate from IT services. We publish some
vacancies (http://www.emerge-open.biz/#!jobs/cw67) and Kubuntu can also
attract contributions through this mechanism as explained on the website.
f) Emerge Open directors cannot be paid a dividend and the business cannot
be sold for private gain. Director's pay is published here:
Please have no hesitation in contacting me should you have any questions.
Tel: +44 (0)203 0510129
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