Proposal: Kubuntu Branded Developer Laptop

Mike Mikowski mike.mikowski at
Fri Oct 25 06:56:30 UTC 2019

Thank you Ovidiu! We will have a test machine shopping here now, and should
have it loaded by next week. I've also created some visual mockups for
everyone's review. I hope this would be a great opportunity to help all
involved with my favorite distro!

On Thu, Oct 24, 2019, 23:38 Ovidiu-Florin Bogdan <ovidiu.b13 at>

> Hello everybody,
> Michael contacted me yesterday, since my contact details are on the
> Kubuntu website. He wants to start a company selling Kubuntu branded
> laptops, and part of the income to come to Kubuntu.
> He tried several times to send this email to the Kubuntu devel list and
> has been bounced. I'm giving him a hand to reach you guys.
> Regards,
> Ovidiu
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Michael S. Mikowski" <mike.mikowski at>
> To: Ovidiu-Florin Bogdan <ovidiu.b13 at>, ovidiu-florin at
> Cc:
> Bcc:
> Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:59:09 -0700
> Subject: Fwd: Proposal: Kubuntu Branded Developer Laptop
> Hi Ovidiu:
> I hope that is how you address you in Romania.  I forwarded this earlier
> but
> it was rejected.  Your support would be most appreciated, and I would love
> to
> get this running and fund Kubuntu while doing something I love.
> Cheers, Mike
> ----------  Forwarded Message  ----------
> Subject: Proposal: Kubuntu Branded Developer Laptop
> Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5:51:57 PM PDT
> From: Michael S. Mikowski <mike.mikowski at>
> To: Valorie Zimmerman <valorie.zimmerman at>
> CC: rohangarg at
> Hi Valorie and Rohangarg:
> Sorry if this is a repeat. I had a number of bounces due to the mailing
> list.
> Just to be sure, here is the proposal again. If I should send this to
> someone
> else, please let me know.
> Our company (MindShareManagement Inc., a California company) is interested
> in
> providing an official Kubuntu 19.10 developer laptop for sale.  We can
> fund the
> the project, create the sales site, coordinate marketing, and provide
> software
> support. We would share the profits with the Kubuntu organization. Kubuntu
> would provide the the branding, a prominent landing page, and link to the
> sales site.
> I've spent a month consolidating 25 years of  experience of using Unix and
> Linux to create numerous commercial sites (many HP/HA) into a laptop image
> well suited for web developers.  We could begin low-volume shipment in as
> little as two weeks.
> Please visit and
> especially to see
> what I
> have put together.  We have already arrange an OEM, shipping, and branding
> logistics and have test hardware in shipment.
> While its obvious we intend to ship this laptop one way or another, I
> think
> the links above show how well suited we are for each other. We ship pure
> Kubuntu 19.10 but with a practical approach to what developers need to get
> their done with the greatest efficiency and enjoyment.
> I have spoken with Ovidiu-Florin Bogdan who is copied above.  I believe
> with
> Catalina currently upsetting everyone in Silicon Valley, there is no
> better
> time than now to have a Kubuntu branded developer laptop on the market.
> This
> offer can provide significant income to Kubuntu. Please call or write ASAP
> as
> time is of the essence.
> Sincerely, Michael S. Mikowski
> 415-418-4731
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