The HeliOS Project is now.....

The HeliOS Project is now.....
Same mission, same folks...just a different name

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Friday, November 14, 2014


It wasn't looking good.

Our annual fund raiser that is. With 13 days left in our indiegogo campaign, we had only reached 30% of our goal. That was bad on a few levels, but the thing I worry about most is cutting the special projects under Reglue.

Maybe it's the wrong time of the year, or maybe we need to re-evaluate our funding sources. Unfortunately, other sources lack greatly the things we need. Reglue has been fully supported and funded by the Linux and Open Source Community since 2009.

We can operate at 100 percent capacity for less than 10K a year
That includes supporting all of our learning centers, our girl mentoring program, The Twelve Geeks of Christmas and most importantly, our Prometheus Project. We pay setup, deposit and 3 months internet service for the most disadvantaged of our Reglue Kids. That gives them ample time to budget for paying their own Internet costs. was gracious enough to allow us an additional 15 days to run our campaign. With the original  45 day Indiegogo campaign...we wouldn't come close to our goal. Most of the afore-mentioned services would fall to the side in the coming year. We now have a chance to get the funding needed to operate all facets of Reglue.
We've just added a number of new perks for your donations but these mentioned below are only a small sample of what we will be offering in the coming week. We've added some refurbished quad core i7 Dells for a more than reasonable price. 
A couple of amazing MacBook Pro laptops will be offered early this coming week. Those Dell laptops have the Nvidia Optimus graphics chipsets. We also have an Acer Chromebook with 4 gigs of RAM and a 320 gig hard drive and it's priced nicely. O’Reilly Press has donated us 10 fantastic geeky books to help you scratch that itch. This lightly used Nvidia graphics card is an amazing piece of work...depending on your power supply. Make sure your PS can handle this beast.

And yeah, I realize all of this isn't your responsibility. The last thing I want is for you to think I blame the community for our funding problems. Priorities change, we lose jobs, start new jobs, get married or a dozen other reasons why people haven't donated as much this year as in the past. Some extremely good friends have stepped up to donate to us this year. My sincerest of thanks goes out to Geek Extraordinaire Carla Schroder for all of her help this year.
Look...I don't want to discontinue any of these extra Reglue projects. But at the same time, I am facing some life-changing surgery and I don't want to be confined to home for 3-5 months recovering, wondering how we are going to make the money stretch to make it all work.  
Let's put our heads together and see if we can't find a way to make our full goal. I am open to all suggestions. We are a recognized non profit and many of you work for companies that have matching donation funding. Help us kick it around a bit and see what we come up with in order to fully fund Reglue for the year to come.
And as always...thanks for helping us do what we do.
All-Righty Then


Anonymous said...

I can't find a link to the Reglue Indiegogo campaign. Can you update the blog with a link?

Ken Starks said...'s on the top of the left side banner and you click the "Help" graphic. I'll go in and make it more noticeable.

Nz17 said...

We are still running a nomination-writing campaign to get Helios awarded the FSF's yearly "Award for the Advancement of Free Software." I think if we all write in our personally written nominations, Helios would be a shoe-in for 2014. We've already gotten a number of people to write into the FSF. Please add your voice to our number! Just imagine all the donations Reglue might get if Helios wins this! They might even be able to get enough to run the organization for two years!

All the details can be found here at the FSF's page describing the nomination process.

But the quick how to get started version is:
(1) Write an e-mail to
(2) Put "Helios" or "Ken Starks" or both in the subject line.
(3) Write forty lines or less about Helios's work and why he deserves this recognition award.
(4) Include a link to this blog, Reglue, and/or anywhere else Helios's writings are or where someone else has written about this wonderful, giving project.

Nominations will close on the 16th of November (today!), and the winner will be announced during the LibrePlanet conference which runs March 21-22, 2015. Let's get Helios up on that stage with RMS!

Ken Starks said...

NZ17, I am humbled but not to the point of avoiding selfless self-promotion. I will do a couple of edits on this and share it with my Google Plus stream. Do you have a G+ account?