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Update: Linux and Main: The Unheralded Disappearance of the KDE League, Inc.

Oct 06, 2002, 13:05 (64 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

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"Two years ago Saturday, a nonprofit corporation called the 'KDE League, Inc.,' was established through a filing with the Delaware Secretary of State's Office. It listed as its officers Andreas Pour, treasurer, and Chris Schlager, president.

"Today that corporation no longer exists, Linux and Main has learned.

"'It was voided March 1, 2002, for nonpayment of the franchise tax,' said a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State in Delaware. 'We did not receive the annual franchise tax report...'

"So what happened to the KDE League, an organization that at one point reportedly had more than $100,000 in its coffers and that was setting out, or so it said, to make KDE the standard Linux desktop? And what happened to the money...?"

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[Editor's Note: Andreas Pour, who is one of the main focuses of this article, has responded to this story via an e-mail sent to me late yesterday evening. With his permission, the content of that e-mail is posted below. -BKP]

"The KDE League is, despite an apparent administrative glitch, alive and well. As to its state, I have been working on the second part of my interview with which will focus on that and will address all the issues I can which are on people's minds.

"As to my responses to the author's queries, I have not done and I likely will never conduct an interview with LinuxAndMain. I find it rather questionable that the author portrays my complete disinterest in talking to him as corroboration of some imagined wrong-doing, particularly when it is no secret that I am not particularly fond of things he has written and it was quite obvious to me that the interview would be a hostile one. Indeed, it [is] these types of questionable practices which largely explain why I do not care to be interviewed by that particular site in the first place.


"Andreas Pour"

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