We recently received an e-mail from a lead developer of a certain popular
(we can't say
which one), questioning our ethics in relation to sales of
Live Flash Drives
. With permission, I will share with
you what the concern was and our opinion and solution:
"Why isn't a portion of the sales being donated back to the
distributions? I can understand why such a thing isn't being
done in regards to the sales of complete computer systems, but
with LiveUSB drives the distribution really is the main component.
It's what separates a LiveUSB from any old Flash Drive."
Our reason for doing so... don't have one. We set out to provide a service
that was easy and inexpensive, we somehow overlooked the developers of
these great GNU/Linux distributions. That e-mail opened our eyes to what
kind of harm we might be causing, or more likely, what kind of good we easily
could be doing but aren't doing.
So we now donate 20% of every purchase back to the respective distribution's
project, foundation, company or developers, however donations for the
distribution are handled. So now when you purchase a Live USB Flash Drive
from InaTux you're also supporting the development of your favorite
distribution in the process.
The donation percentage was decided by the distribution developer
mentioned earlier, with our various sales figures and expense reports
on hand. Please contact us
if you'd like to
discuss changing the percentage.
We will be keeping a detailed list of donated funds for each distribution,
each time a distribution's fund has collected $10 (or the minimum donation
limit for the distribution) a donation to the distribution's project,
foundation, company or developers will be made.
Click here to see the list
. Currently the
list doesn't show any funds for any distributions, but this is because the
list and policy were just started. We intend to go back through our sales
and take 20% for each distribution and make a few donations.