Subject: Re: How to help NetBSD help you.
To: Lars-Johan Liman <>
From: Jukka Marin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 06/22/2005 13:48:33
On Wed, Jun 22, 2005 at 11:47:54AM +0200, Lars-Johan Liman wrote:
> In addition to the Paypal discussions ...
> In the discussion I see no traces of business efforts. I run a very
> small (< 1 FTE ;-) company. I rely on NetBSD for mission critical
> services. I would gladly contribute to the continuing development of
> NetBSD, but the easiest way (by far!) for my company to do so is not
> through "donations" but through regular invoices. My auditor would
> have no problems what so ever with an invoice for 3 server licences
> for a "strange" operating system (he knows I'm a geek ;-), or for 3
> CDs with software - even if it's paid by credit card (as long as the
> receiving part reported on the credit card statement is the same as
> the one issuing the invoice), but a "donation" without accompanying
> documents that motivate what the donation is _for_, is very hard to
> get away with.
> The alternative is that I, as a private person, donate. That would
> have to be using taxed money, and in Sweden, that is a _SCARCE_
> resource ... ;-) (Donations are not deductible in Sweden, and the tax
> system is ... err ... don't get me going, nice and easy, ... let's
> just say "complicated". ;-)

We have exactly the same problem in Finland.  We (as a small company)
can NOT donate money to NetBSD foundation, but we could pay an invoice.