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And we thought being against Open Source was like being against Christmas. But then again we may be getting politically too correct for our Readers' good...

From Otto Goencz
Date: Sunday, December 19, 1999, 3:14:23 PM
Subject: Register T-shirts

The article titled "T-shirts? You want T-shirts? We got Register T-shirts" contains incorrect information about donations.

The Register or Copyleft isn't donating any money, it is the buyer's money which is distributed. $3.00 for The Register and $2.00 to an open source project of Copyleft choosing. Your article seems to suggest that it is The Register's money which gets donated and fails to mention the $3.00 donation to The Register:

"Anyway, we will donate $2 from each Register merchandise purchase (that's $1 from our purse and $1 from Copyleft's) to a worthy open source group of Copyleft's choice."

One could argue, as I mentioned earlier, it isn't either companies money which is donated. It is the customer's money, which is generously donated by the above mentioned companies.

Although I wouldn't mind the $3.00 donation to The Register, I do object the donation to an open source project. I don't believe in open source and refuse to donate money for it. That leaves me no choice, no matter how much I like the T-shirt, I won't buy it. I do wish that you could make it available without the donation to the open sore, oops open source.

Best Regards,

Otto

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