Read again. I said you were involved with extremists. Not that you were one of them. They damage the credibility of anyone with genuine problems with systemd.
ACK and agree. I'm sure you understand that to transform a years old flame into a decent discussion is quite a hell of a process.
Apologies for overreacting, I recognize you do have legitimate observations, but really I've been through the systemd-grinder enough to quickly put up defenses.
That posting of the "financial reports" is the first time you' ve published any information about business registration. Where is the posted information about dyne.org? Where are all those certified accounts available? Why doesn't Archive.org have them?
Man, we are paying taxes to the Netherlands, not to Archive.org. I think you have a different idea of transparency... we are producing all the documentation needed for the institutions and organizations that require them, including the EU commission for some projects. However in case of donors you are right, more work must be done towards transparency...
And no, that's not transparent accounting. I have no reason to believe you are engaging in fraud - or even paying yourself to design logos. Transparent "accounting" is when expenditures are detailed (show where the money went - not on what) and are certified by a registered accountant as being true and complete, and made public. You've only done the last part.
SFI is a registered non-profit. Debian is a registered non-profit funded by SFI, and other organisations. All display that information as required by law and produce annual returns certified by registered accountants. Just as gnu.org does.
...and we'll check these aspects out. Its a good advice to see how other long-standing good examples are operating and we'll certainly need to extend our team to include someone that is proficient with this side of things. This is a growth process and its not easy, yet at Dyne.org we are determined to not blow it up with a VC, but to have a rhythm of growth that is slow and organic. We are just opening an office in Amsterdam, after some years of difficulties, and this will help a lot.
Curious about your manipulation of to the Devuan project passing via a personal attack against me.
BTW are you Kevin McCurley of Digicrime, based in San Jose?
Isn't this game boring? Yet I have to reply because your claims about Devuan are false:
1- we don't demand no-one else should be able to use systemd. We clearly demand our own rights in choosing to not use systemd and have engaged in an honest quest developing a base system that is alternative to Debian and does not depends from the web of dependencies of systemd, including the init and the device manager.
2- our fund-raise is accountable, the financial responsibility is taken up by a non-profit organization registered since more than 10 years, our financial report is public and reasonably detailed http://devuan.org/donate
cryptsetup has luksHeaderBackup and luksHeaderRestore commands.
We have an issue open on github, thinkering on how to avoid bit-rot here https://github.com/dyne/Tomb/i...
The LUKS header recovery comes handy, a single corrupted bit in the header of a Tomb could be fatal, so there are plans to backup the header also inside the key, perhaps starting from the next major version of Tomb.
To fight bit-rot a filesystem like ZFS is pretty effective, but then that must be the "outer" FS, used by the storage support hosting the tomb.
Yes, get a TAZ!
I've done a lot of things to make sure that the company stays free & open. Firstly, by making myself the final word (for now). Per our bylaws, I can only be removed from the company by court order.
The board of directors is me, Steven (long time employee, very much for free/open), and Bdale Garbee (very hardcore netgod of free software development). We will only have people on the board that are already 100% on board with free software. So we have another layer of protection there.
The non-libre folks that are very technically savvy that we have on board have influence in how things are done, but they don't have the final say. Though they are still on board with us running a libre company. Even if they earned their chops during the 80s (or earlier), they can see the huge growth in open systems. They just don't have direct experience in free software.
Then ultimately who gets to say what a company does is the owners. Most high tech high growth companies are angling to get bought out, get a lot of venture capital, and/or go public. This is usually the founders' "exit", where they get the pile of cash. When that happens, the company is likely to absorb the traditional non-libre practices of the parent company.
We are taking a different approach. If we can pull this all together, the idea is to convert Aleph Objects, Inc. into an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan). This means we don't have to be beholden to outsiders. It also allows the current owners an exit, in that they sell their stock to the ESOP. There are a lot of other advantages to ESOPs. The earliest we can decide whether to go for it or not would be December 2015, which we could make retroactive to January 2015. ESOPs are complicated.
I used to hack on the N900 too...
You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.