[Consortium] [Management] Linuxaudio.org update

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Mon Mar 12 08:57:12 CET 2018

> The Alt coin idea is a hell of a lot better than any previous idea in 10
> years. 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.

As long as you are willing to give them some of the pie but at least you
would gain access to the Hyperledger community for whatever that is worth.

> 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.

I am agnostic. ERC20 has the benefit that it is embedded in the second
most popular crypto currency. In theory we can use any blockchain to
achieve the same goal.

> 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.

Thanks, it's ironic that Linux Audio peeps are opposed to crypto when many
of the same people who created Linux were also involved in the planning
and creation of bitcoin/blockchain.

Separately in order to make itself viable for funding I think that The
Consortium needs to (re)define it's purpose. For the past 15 years it has
basically been the steward of the Linuxaudio.org domain. However the
original plan was to be the champion of small business and created a
network for business owners to gain a competitive advantage.

At the moment I'm not exactly sure what use any funding will be put to
other than possibly paying Jeremy a decent wage for his time/effort to
administer and maintain the backend infrastructure..

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

Good Work (tm)

> Sincerely,
> Ron Stewart
> Indamixx
> On Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 9:01 AM, Patrick Shirkey
> <pshirkey at boosthardware.com>
> wrote:
>> > 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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Patrick Shirkey
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