[openSLE] Next steps and a possible legal entity.
miumiento at gmail.com
Thu Sep 3 04:34:04 MDT 2009
On Wed, 2009-09-02 at 18:36 -0600, Boyd Lynn Gerber wrote:
> Over the next few weeks I would like to decide a few things. I have been
> working with an attorney/lawyer to put together a possible legal entity.
> I have two options. A non-profit company and a business trust that also
> is non profit. I will provide these if/when we may need them. I think
> that some of this could be discussed at the SUSE conference and this list
> or IRC.
My 2 cents...
> 1. What would be the best option to show Novell that we are really
> serious about this project.
I'm not sure if this has been evaluated, but the 'SUSE Appliance
program'  is the formal Partners/ISV possibility to develop any SLEx
based appliances by using either KIWI, SUSE Studio, SLE JeOS, SLES for
Amazon EC2. I would say 'go for the SUSE Studio'. 
The program allows a Novell Business Partner company to be supported
with their developed appliance.
The requirement is that (obviously) there has to be an agreement between
the Technology Partner and Novell that requires a fee to be paid (it's
some sort of percentage on revenue). 
The program allows a free trial evaluation to potential customers as per
the SLES evaluation licensing making more easy sales.
I think that all this stuff should be analyzed more in details. 
> 2. What type of a group should this be? Should we have a legal
> Organization? If yes what type of Organization should it be?
Considering that there is a real intention about doing this project,
either by creating some sort of organization (either profit or
non-profit) or by just creating a Community, there is surely the need of
some sort of budgets.
Therefore, I believe that the solution could be something like:
- Setup a profit organization and 'organize' it (employees?).
- Define the 'go-to-market' model (i.e.: even if there is a fee to
provide to Novell, there is also some earning from 'selling' the
appliance that could probably justify the fee and pay the 'organization'
- Contact Novell  for more details and establish the agreement.
> 3. Which way do we want to go? openSUSE LTS or openSLE
> Just a few of my thoughts.
If this will be the decision to follow, than an 'openSLE' solution would
be THE way to go.
I would be happy to contribute in some of the activities (limited time),
so let's stay tuned on how things will be decided.
miumiento [at] gmail [dot] com
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