[SATLUG] Fwd: TEKsystems - SATLUG Sponsorship

Charles Hogan cd_satl at futuretechsolutions.com
Tue Apr 19 08:49:10 CDT 2011

Looking at this from a mostly outsider's perspective, I can see where 
there could be conflicts of interest with Rackspace and TEKsystems both 
being sponsors, especially with the amount of support that Rackspace 
gives the LUG, but terms and conditions can be worked out so that the 
two can live together peacefully.

Bottom line, TEK is looking for talent and not all members of the LUG 
are, or will ever be,  Rackers.  Before the migraines drove me away from 
this industry, there were many a times I could have used services such 
as the ones that TEK provides.  Even now, if contact could be limited to 
my terms, there is a possibility that I could use TEK's services. 
SATLUG, by it nature and existence, supports FOSS, and by extension, 
individuals choosing their own paths.  Should TEK agree to conditions 
such as no direct approachment of individuals and making those 
conditions overtly known, then most conflicts of interest with our 
primary sponsor, Rackspace. should be resolved.


On 04/18/2011 08:56 PM, buddylee48 wrote:
> I don't think any sponsorship should be turned down unless there is an
> obvious problem. It's not everyday that non profit organizations get offered
> sponsorships without having to ask for one first. I know as the former
> TAMULUG president that getting free money comes far a few between at times
> and other times it's plentiful. I would hate to see wasted opportunities
> here.
> There is always a concern on how to handle multiple sponsorships and the lug
> officers that represent the members of the lug should communicate clearly
> with all sponsors to resolve any concerns.
> Rackspace is graciously donating their space, utilities, money, and time to
> help make this organization a success which we are grateful for. A Racker
> has expressed his concerns from their viewpoint which is entirely
> understandable. These concerns should be made clear to teksystems and I
> personally don't think we will have problems.
> Whether or not individuals like or dislike TekSystems should not limit other
> members from the potential to learn something and expand their horizons.
> Limiting or censoring knowledge and experience will never benefit the lug
> and well honestly doesn't methorically follow much of FOSS morals ;)
> Just my 2 cents. I know there are plenty of lugs who would pounce on this
> opportunity. It's all about managing good relationships with our gracious
> donators.
> Cody Lee
> (Sorry for any spelling errors - written on my phone)
> On Apr 18, 2011 8:25 PM, "Steev Klimaszewski"<threeway at gmail.com>  wrote:

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