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Path: sserve!manuel!munnari.oz.au!spool.mu.edu!sdd.hp.com!uakari.primate.wisc.edu!zaphod.mps.ohio-state.edu!news.acns.nwu.edu!network.ucsd.edu!nic!richter From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam J. Richter) Newsgroups: comp.unix.bsd Subject: Re: 4.4BSD-alpha CDROM Keywords: cdrom Message-ID: <email@example.com> Date: 10 Jul 92 18:17:57 GMT Article-I.D.: nic.2304 References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Yggdrasil Computing Infrastructure Corporation Lines: 46 In article <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org I wrote: > My company, Yggdrasil Computing Infrastructure Corp., will >sell a 4.4-alpha CDROM and give CSRG 60% of the sales revenue from >this CDROM until November 1st. At $100 each, [...] I got 15 responses to this proposal, mostly of the form "I might buy one." Since I didn't ask everyone who might be interested to send me email, the amount of mail that I got suggests to me that there are a number of people who would find the CDROM useful, but that there aren't hordes of folks who would buy. I think that Yggdrasil stands to lose a lot of money from the CDROM offer as it stands, so I'm afraid I have to backpedal a bit. Yggdrasil will still donate 60% of gross sales for the CDROM to CSRG, but the price of the 4.4-alpha tape will be deducted from this donation. (This moves the estimated break-even point from 72 discs 43 discs.) I should mention a few points to demonstrate that the philanthropic aspect of this project have not been compromised too much: 1. CSRG still starts getting money beyond the $1k for the tape long before Yggdrasil breaks even. 2. CSRG gets at least $1k for the tape, no matter what happens, although I'm obviously betting a lot of money that CSRG will get more than just the $1k. 3. In a sense, there will still be $60 of CSRG money paired to every CDROM purchased. 4. The CDROM production costs still come entirely from Yggdrasil's 40%. This change is necessary in order to make the project possible. Otherwise, it would be too likely to lose too much money. --Adam -- Adam J. Richter 409 Evelyn Avenue, Apt. 312 email@example.com Albany, CA 94706 (510)528-3209 Another member of the League for Programming Freedom (firstname.lastname@example.org).