tshrinivasan at gmail.com
Wed Sep 4 11:48:04 UTC 2013
Happy to know about the commercial support for kubuntu.
Thanks for all who are behind this.
On 03-Sep-2013 7:31 PM, "Jonathan Riddell" <jr at jriddell.org> wrote:
> ----- 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>
> Hi Jonathan,
> 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
> 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
> 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
> to WithSupport Ltd. We've been delighted with our relationship with
> WithSupport for the last year and have found them highly professional
> skilled. However, if the Kubuntu Community is unhappy with the quality
> 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.
> will be on a trial basis for the moment and it does not relate to
> 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
> 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
> services will be used to pay our staff, to finance business growth and
> 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
> f) Emerge Open directors cannot be paid a dividend and the business
> be sold for private gain. Director's pay is published here:
> Please have no hesitation in contacting me should you have any
> Best regards,
> Niall McCarthy
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