PengiunPete & tux500.com
This is a response to PengiunPete and your posts about Tux500.com. I wrote this comment on your site, but seeing you’ve disabled comments I’ll post it here until I can post on your site.
Once reading your posts, I became slightly more suspicious. I have to admit I did have some reservations to begin with, mainly on the basis of the short period of time they are attempting to do this in.
So, I did some research of my own and I tend to this this isn’t a scam. I might be overly ambitious, but I don’t think it’s a scam.
Check this LinuxToday editors note:
[Editor’s Note: As full disclosure, it should be noted that I am acting as an volunteer independent auditor for this fund-raising project. This is being done as a personal project, and does not imply endorsement of this project by Linux Today or Jupitermedia. I will be happy to answer any questions regarding the project to the best of my knowledge. -Brian Proffitt.]
Next, the image. Check out that indy500.com article and look at the bit at the bottom right “Web: petersmotorsports.com”. Go to his website and you’ll see he’s a graphic designer of car liveries. He did the Firefox car, so it’s no wonder you think Tux500 one looks like the Firefox one. Also, as a racing fan (F1 not Indy, but still), those actual cars don’t look that similar.
Now I’m not saying you ARE wrong, but I think there are way too many people involved for this to be a scam.
Helios has been going crazy promoting this. It’s his project so why wouldn’t he? Some of his posts are obnoxious but at least he’s giving it a go.
It may not be the best cost/benefit solution but at least someone’s trying something different. It’s created a reaction in the Linux community, maybe someone will do something else that works better, and it may come off the back of this.
Lastly, to Helios, who I’m sure it checking back here … what will happen to the money if you don’t reach $350k? Going for a small sponsor package, giving it to other FOSS communities? Please tell us.
For this alone I haven’t donated yet.