five hundred MILLION euros? *knees shake while contemplating that much money*
No problem we will just do a Sun Microsystems if they give us that much.
Put in a trust account and run off part of the interest that is not require to keep up with inflation. This would keep the project ticking over good.
Now the trick with money is not how much you are given(the more the better) it is how you manage it. If we blow it in 12 months will Microsoft still be there. Ie they are selling product so management of our money is important. The money must last. 100 Million euros would give us a operational budget of about 1 Million euros a year without effecting the fund.(I guess we would be tax exempt)
This would get developers a wide range of hardware to test reactos on(ie some of the money would go on buy parts for lead developers or specal developers ie how many people need more that 4 video cards really)
Some would go to the servers we dependon ie here and sf(just out of kind ness)
Some can be used to fight and patent attack against reactos. Note the way trust would be setup would not be liable directly so the core of our money is safe. Ie this trust is to be used to support a opensource replacement to windows the current selected project is reactos in case of reactos distruction or other event that stops any means of reactos developing(to costly patents and so on) this fund will be made open to any opensource project that is working on a replacement enviroment to windows.
Ie the fund is supporting reactos but if anything happens to reactos it will go other partys. That is not worded excactly right.
This is cool because if Microsoft attack reactos it does not get the funds but it powers groups it does not want to.
Please note the rules of the trust would not let us touch the cap we would have to operate off the money made from the capital.
Lets make Microsoft fine there biggest nightmare. A funded competor that will not die.