[Consortium] [Management] Linuxaudio.org update

Ronald Stewart ronaldjstewart at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 15:24:09 CET 2018

Well I can certainly chime in here.  Daniel's standard position is to
'romance' the Linux foundation and it will fall short as it has numerous
times because Linux Audio is not in any way a distant priority for Linux
Foundation.  The Linux Foundation's core interest is THE BIG BOYS.  This
fantasy has been played out over years almost a decade with movement of the
ball up the field.

As I don't have much faith in Alt coins I have less faith in this fantasy
relationship with Linux Foundation when its pay to lay with billion dollar
companies.  So until Daniel becomes the next Steve Jobs and has Linux Audio
design in his pocket that the Linux world must use and have this remain a

The Alt coin idea is a hell of a lot better than any previous idea in 10
 I guarantee you if you issue 1 billion DJ coins or Linux Audio coins and
raise 10 million Linux foundation will be your very best friend.

ERC 20 will have problems because of Ether what about NEO and GAS to fire
up the presses?  BTW you can make really cool actual physical crypto coins
like a collectible with cool graphics and a usb drive built in for cold
storage.  Think of it like printing colored vinyl.

Patrick I always liked you and your enthusiasm for Linux Audio
unfortunately talking to the old foggies about it is like Amazon talking to
Barnes and Noble about bookstores.

PS we have a new Indamixx HDMI stick testing now for release better than
anything to date.


Ron Stewart

On Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 9:01 AM, Patrick Shirkey <pshirkey at boosthardware.com>

> > Hi Patrick,
> >
> >> To really take ownership of the funding issue the Consortium can
> >> undertake an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) by creating a Linux Audio Token
> >> which can then be traded on the open crypto market.
> >
> > Personally speaking, I would not support any cryptocurrency proposal. I
> > don't think it would enhance our credibility.
> >
> Ok, well if y'all change your minds on that it will take about 1 hour to
> create an ERC20  smart contract to mint some LAT tokens and then it's up
> to the community how much effort we put into an ICO. Payments for the
> Tokens during the ICO can be handled in house relatively easily or with a
> third party provider if necessary.
> It could be a nice sideline for generating a stable source of funding
> outside of the corporate structure and financial requirements of being a
> member of the Linux Foundation and seeking funding from major sponsors or
> simply asking the wider community to just donate cash/crypto with nothing
> tangible in return. It seems these days good will doesn't get as much done
> in the Linux Audio community as it used to.
> > As for being independent from corporate interests, it's corporates who
> > pay many if not most kernel developers, one way or another.
> >
> For the Linux Foundation the largest proportion of their liquid funds
> comes from Membership fees. IIUC the minimum amount is $5k/per year. They
> also offer some charitable assistance for Members who can't afford the
> annual fees but you don't get to sit at the big peoples table and those
> members are not the highest priority for a reasonably small and busy core
> staff to look after.
> > I agree the Linux Foundation would be a good point of contact, but
> > creating a registered non-profit in advance of initial discussions would
> > be premature, in my opinion.
> >
> > It may be that the best option for us is direct affiliation with the
> > Linux Foundation, and a separate non-profit might impede that. The Linux
> > Foundation has related projects including realtime and embdedded, and
> > they have their own conference series of which LAC could potentially
> > become a part.
> >
> > I suspect the LAC call for papers might not be reaching far outside our
> > existing community, and that we would benefit from papers from Linux
> > Foundation members. I'd be willing to bet that there are now a group of
> > engineers who work on Linux audio day-to-day and have never heard of LAC.
> >
> > Cheers!
> >
> > Daniel
> >
> --
> Patrick Shirkey
> Boost Hardware
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Thank you

Ron Stewart
Sweet Spot Transport (Owner)
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