Money (was Re: test version of 2.1.0 available (fwd))

Linus Torvalds (
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 08:23:57 +0300 (EET DST)

On Tue, 24 Sep 1996, Marc Lewis wrote:
> >
> > Linus,
> >
> > Go ahead and put me down for AT LEAST $1. Just give me an address and
> > the exchange info and I'll be more than happy to support whatever
> > fiendish pleasure you may partake in, that would not be considered "your
> > job!" :)
> >
> > Mike
> There is a currency converter at ""...
> We just need an address, now.....

I _really_ don't want money. You wouldn't believe how frustrating it is with
personal cheques from the US - in the best case it costs on the order of
$10-20 USD just to get them cached (*), and that's after arguing about it
with the bank tellers for 10 minutes.

As to the person who suggested beer - oh Gods. The Finnish customs people are
all ex-Nazis, and they've gotten a lot grumpier since their austere leader
shot his brains out. They have a bad day EVERY DAY. Their only joy in life is
to confiscate alcohol from abroad.


(*) Think about it for a while. How safe would you rate any personal cheque
on a scale of 1-10? Personally, I'd call it at about a -50. You can print out
fake cheques on your average dot matrix printer, for Gods sake! Small
children in kindergarten can make one up with a pink crayon. No wonder no
self-respecting bank outside the US wants to have anything to do with them.