"Software in the Public Interest" Is now incorporated

June 9th, 1997

Software in the Public Interest, Debian's parent organization, is now a non-profit corporation under the laws of New York State. Many thanks are due to Tim Sailer, our Treasurer, and Frank Marotta, our attorney, for their work on incorporation.

Tim and Frank will now petition the United States Internal Revenue Service to grant us 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit status. When completed, this will allow donations to Debian to be deductible for those who file U.S. federal tax returns. We expect to expend $1500 to $2000 in legal fees on this process, which is more than we currently have in our treasury. Please see our Donations web page at http://www.debian.org/donations. If you have questions about Debian's finances, please direct them to Tim at tps@buoy.com.