Friday, March 22, 2013

One Last Plea: Time Is Running Out. Please Help!

There are now just five days remaining in our Indiegogo campaign to help Linux Advocates keep going, and unfortunately we still have a long way to go. I know how tiresome fundraising efforts can be for those on the listening end, but this one is so urgent I feel I must make one last plea.

Resting on the success of this campaign is the ongoing viability of our Linux Advocates site, as many of you already know. Dietrich Schmitz has poured his heart and soul into this site over the past few weeks in order to provide an honest, unbiased forum for news and opinions about Linux advocacy. There isn't anything else like it out there, and based on our readership figures there's a great deal of interest in it. We truly believe this can become a self-sustaining site over time, but we need funds to allow it to get there.

Closely intertwined with Linux Advocates' future, however, is the piece of this story some may not realize. Namely, Dietrich has been unemployed for over a year now. Part of his motivation for launching this site was the hope that he could turn his lifelong passion for Linux into a new career that would sustain him and his family as well.

Unfortunately, Dietrich's personal funds are dwindling rapidly, and in his neck of the woods -– a small town in upstate New York -- his prospects for employment are not looking good. Without immediate financial support for Linux Advocates, Dietrich's own future is in serious peril as well.

Won't you please help? Any amount will make a difference for Linux Advocates and for our mutual friend Dietrich, who is one of the most passionate Linux advocates in the world today. Please, please help us keep this going.

-- Katherine Noyes

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