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AbiWord Weekly News #115 by Eric A. Zen

Nov 03, 2002, 21:00 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Dom Lachowicz has been a pillar of the AbiWord community for the longest time. Acting as Mayor and Treasurer, he has helped guide this hamlet to the greater era just ahead. He is also, perhaps, too trusting. For nearly a month, he's had faith that, after a recent disaster, our community would be redeemed. For nearly a month, he's asked us to have that faith, but that faith has been broken.

"It was nearly one month ago, the AbiFund, which has quietly asked for donations on the bottom of this newsletter since before its XHTML age, has been robbed. The concept of Open Source Software, or Free Software, has not been about making money. It has been about community support. The AbiWord project has only asked for donations for the cost of bringing to the many the product: a small, fast and stable word processing tool that almost anyone can use.

"Bandwidth, maintenance, occasional hardware replacement and, from time to time, getting a representative to a convention or meeting is all this fund has been able to be used for in the most recent of times. Our coffers flowed not with millions of venture capital, but a small sum of US$800 (eight hundred). But that number is significantly reduced to a mere US$200 (two hundred). If one major component of NYORP (the AbiServer) become damaged, that can be handled, but if two were, that may not be the case. Any significant problems that should arise now could be costly to the AbiWord community, like a disease on drought-surviving crop..."

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