[coreboot] Donations?

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger c-d.hailfinger.devel.2006 at gmx.net
Sun Jan 27 15:20:27 CET 2008

On 27.01.2008 13:49, joe at smittys.pointclark.net wrote:
> Quoting Peter Stuge <peter at stuge.se>:
>> On Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 07:00:43PM -0500, Danny Piccirillo wrote:
>>> Can random people donate money or hardware to coreboot? I'd love to
>>> see a page on the wiki with instructions for people who would like
>>> to.
>> This has come up before. When someone wants to donate hardware it's
>> good to ask on the list if anyone is interested in receiving the
>> hardware. We currently don't have any bank account for the project.
>> Can you suggest practical ways to actually handle donations?
> Paypal

AFAIK they subtract quite a sizable amount of money from donations. For
a humorous look at this surf to
Besides that it seems that donation accounts trigger some paypal
security machanisms quite often, so the money will be frozen and be held
by paypal until they decide you may have it. Some part of their terms
and conditions gave them the right to decide such stuff at their sole
discretion, no idea whether they changed this. Finally, although they
act like a bank, they used a legal loophole to not fall under EU banking
regulations and had no EU banking license until July 2007.

However, there question about practical ways to handle donations is
still open. Is there any service like paypal which has a better record
of dealing with customers? Or is paypal the best one of a pack of bad
services? I'm not suggesting we avoid paypal at any cost (especially
because I'm not going to be the person who handles donations), I'd
simply like to understand with how many and how good alternatives we
could deal.


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