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FLORA Community Consulting: RATES

I have different rates depending on the type of work I am doing, and have special discounts for specific activist and similar organizations. Here are the sample rates as of January 2002.

Customer type Type of Work Description Rate per day
NGO/Activist Discount System administration
Internet Services
Includes the NGO community, social services agencies, advocacy groups, public awareness organizations, progressive political parties. Only applies to Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) work, and qualifying organizations doing work compatible with the values promoted by FLORA.ca $350/day
For-Profit/Government System administration, Internet Services Ongoing services such as domain name/email/website maintenance and maintenance of LAN servers. $450/day
For-Profit/Government projects (offsite) Projects would include the configuration of a server, the development of a tool, or the maintenance of existing software. $550/day
For-Profit/Government projects (onsite, Ottawa Region) Projects that include the additional costs of transportation and lack of access to local development environment. $600/day

  1. Monthly rates: (Invoice Sample)
  2. non-Free/Libre and Open Source Software surcharge
    There is a surcharge of $100/day for development, maintenance or configuration of non-Free/Libre Software. This is because code and information sharing between projects, source code viewing for advanced problem solving and distributed testing/development is not possible.

    Some exceptions exist:

    Customers using MS-Windows NT/2000/XP or other non-Free/Libre platforms, or need more than basic connectivity support on the desktop would need to pay the non-Free/Libre rates for support of those machines. Support for non-Free/Libre software is subject to availability.

    Customers otherwise eligible for non-profit rates who add non-Free/Libre software to Free Software platforms (IE: non-Free/Libre Software to a Linux server) may also be ineligible for non-profit rates for support of those servers.

  3. Non-support for waived FLOSS rights
    Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) offers specific rights to both users of software and suppliers of software services. It has come to my attention that some customers may be considering signing waivers for these rights such that they may have imported FLOSS software into their company but no longer have the right to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

    If you are in this situation, please clarify it with me if you wish me to offer support for your software.

    As an example, I do not offer support for customers who have waived their FLOSS rights by agreeing to the runtime binary-only license from The SCO Group. This form of licensing has all the practical problems of trying to support other non-FLOSS software, with the added bonus of being support for products from a company that is actively seeking to harm the entire sector of the economy my business exists in. Rather than offer support with the non-FLOSS software surcharge it has been decided that in the case of waived FLOSS rights that we will not offer support at all.

    To learn more about the issue with The SCO Group, please see the Canadian Linux Interests Coalition website.

Get Legal - become Free!

Update: On March 1, 2004 this campaign expanded to the "Make it legal: don't litigate, use creative licensing" campaign.

In March 2002, Roaring Penguin Software Inc. started a campaign called "Stay Legal - Use Free Software". CAAST, the Canadian Alliance against Software Theft, is promoting a "truce" for businesses and organizations with improperly-licensed software. We believe the best way to manage improperly-licensed software is to switch to Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS - `free'' as in ``free speech,'' not as in ``free beer.'') where license maintenance is much simpler, and there are no per-desk, per-user or per-server obligations.

As with our regular rates, two groups of customers receive a different offer. The offer is a free consultation for those wishing to replace non-FLOSS with free software like Linux and OpenBSD for your desktop or server, and OpenOffice, AbiWord, or Mozilla as applications on your desktop (including current non-FLOSS desktops).


We will offer one day (7 hours) free consultation to any non-profit, NGO, or similar organization in Ottawa.


We will offer a 2 hour free consultation to any for-profit or government organization in Ottawa.

Additional details:

If you have any questions, please contact us.

This campaign has been advertised on the FLORA weblog.

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