Phase One fund raising campaign
Duration: 02/03/2009 - 29/05/2009
Who we are: We are Tomahawk Computers Pte Ltd, Singapore, the makers of the Tomahawk Desktop operating system. Tomahawk Desktop operating system is a general purpose operating system for personal computers as well as for laptop computers based on BSD code with K Desktop Environment (KDE).
Opportunity: Current predicament of the desktop operating system market is people are in fact left with only two choices, either live with very serious security issues or buy software tied to hardware at high premium. This situation obviously creates a lucrative and large market opportunity for us.
What we do, Why we do?
Repercussions of using insecure operating systems for years are now evident. Latest onslaught of Conficker reminds the danger that we are in. It has come to a stage most of the computers in the world cannot be trusted any more to type a password, credit card number, etc. Bots also known as software robots running in your computer without your knowledge, come in the form of viruses and worms, watch every key stroke you type. Read every document you read or write. No one knows better about you than your guardian bot!
Odds that bots operate in your computer are very high. It is safe to assume they are already in waiting for you. Time to time they bring in more payloads without your knowledge and prepare for more sophisticated attacks on you and on the world.
You may not be knowing that your computer sending thousands of spam emails a day on behalf of their remote masters. You are the cat's paw. You may not be aware of millions like you sending hundreds of millions, if not billions, of spam emails all over the world everyday. You may not be knowing how you support criminal gangs to thrive to feed funds for even further criminal activities.
Vast amount of Internet traffic is wasted due to spam emails which otherwise could have used for you to browse Internet faster or to talk to someone over the Internet without interruption. Its because of people are taken for a ride, there is no solution to the spam problem. It is growing, growing and growing. Before long the Internet infrastructure will be choked with spam traffic. The Internet infrastructure is the life blood of our personal lives as well as of our economies.
Since bot networks are under the command of their remote masters, they are not only used for sending spam emails, are also used to make Internet-based attacks called denial-of-service attacks on vital institutions and installations as and when needed. Denial-of-service attacks were directed before on various vital institutions and installations and put them out of service for days. Number of zombie computers in today's bot networks are counted in millions. Conficker itself infected more than 15 million computers as of 26 January 2009 as per Wikipedia. Today we live under mercy of such massive bot networks. These are time bombs waiting to explode. This horror story is further explained in The New York Times blog post.
This waste of time and resources due to spam, alarming dangers of identity theft and threat of denial-of-service attacks should be stopped. Hope we don't have a disagreement on this. Do we?
Many have surrendered to co-exists with viruses and worms, which is obviously not the way forward. So what are your options? If you do not want to throw away your PC, sadly you have no viable option yet.
Most of the alternative operating system development projects run as charities, or develop at their own pace when they are free. They scratch developer's itch, ie. features offered are to satisfy the developers, not the consumers. Further, it is illegal in various degrees for Original Equipment Manufacturers to develop closed source binary drivers. Without original drivers from OEMs, how can you get your vital tasks done if you switch to an alternative operating system?
To offer solutions to viruses, worms, spam, identity theft, denial-of-service attacks, remote hijacking, etc., we have embarked upon a passionate and very ambitious effort to make a secure graphical desktop operating system based on widely known Unix strengths for both closed source as well as open source applications and drivers to flourish without any legal hassle.
The best favour you can do for yourself and to the world is switch to Tomahawk Desktop when it is available. We expect a mass exodus. We see a massive market.
Tomahawk Desktop is a healthy product for our planet. We intend to establish as an ethical brand. We even openly invite our competitors to collaborate and invest with us and benefit from our efforts. Should our efforts be appreciated or be stopped?
Thereby, what we essentially trying to do is public good. No public good can sustain without sufficient revenue. To ensure that we have not only sufficient revenue, but to make significant profits, we intend to use innovative and unusual business practices. We would be recruiting technological and business stars. For our advantage, we are amidst a severe global financial crisis, such technological and business stars are now available.
To maximize the shareholder value, we give Tomahawk Desktop for free for any personal use without any string attached! It is just one of our unusual business practices and at the same time we consider it is our corporate social responsibility as we use lot of open source software to make the Tomahawk Desktop. We give public a dignity, now you cannot call them pirates. We intend to earn a significant revenue from our generosity! How ironic, unusual and interesting the Tomahawk Desktop is.
How can you help us?
a) If you or your company can afford to invest, invest in our Phase One Fund Raising Campaign and hopefully benefit handsomely in the long run.b) If you cannot afford to invest, it is alright, you can still help us by sending this Tomahawk Desktop investment opportunity page to someone you think who can afford to invest.c) You can tell your employer and explain the importance and benefit of investing with us.d) Be a fan of our Facebook corporate page. It is a vote for us. Every vote counts.e) Click below on Delicious, Digg, etc. and help us to spread the news.
Why we switched to BSD?
GPL license requirement of Linux make it illegal for graphic card manufacturers, printer manufacturers, sound card manufacturers, and various other device manufacturers to develop and distribute closed source binary drivers. Therefore, users of earlier versions of Tomahawk Desktop were left with no reliable drivers to get vital tasks done.
"Closed Source Linux kernel modules are illegal" - read more info
"any closed-source Linux kernel module or driver to be harmful and undesirable" - read more info
One of the most important technological development regarding file systems is ZFS. It not possible to import ZFS to Linux because of GPL licensing issues. [wikipedia]
Further, most of the libraries in Linux are either full GPL or combinations of GPL and LGPL, thereby, making a legal mess to develop closed source applications for Linux. This is a serious issue especially for small and medium sector companies who find it difficult to afford a copyright lawyer.
Development of an operating system for desktop is not in the domain of a one single company. It requires supporting drivers and applications get developed by various OEMs and third-party companies. It must be legal for them to do so. We empirically realised that a viable desktop operating system cannot be developed based on Linux.
Mission: Our mission is to offer a secure operating system for desktop, laptop and mobile devices markets based on widely known Unix strengths for both closed source as well as open source applications and drivers to flourish without any legal hassle on wider choice of hardware. For which we see a sustainable market and we have relevant knowledge, strategy, vision and Intellectual Property (IP).
What is on offer:
1. Raise funds in the form of loans for the Tomahawk Computers Pte Ltd.
2. Form a holding company and acquire the Tomahawk Computers Pte Ltd. The Tomahawk Computers Pte Ltd will become a fully owned subsidiary of the holding company.
3. Investments made into the Tomahawk Computers Pte Ltd will be then transferred to the holding company. Investors of this Phase One fund raising campaign will be given one bonus share of the holding company for every US dollar invested in the Tomahawk Computers Pte Ltd.
4. Investors are then invited to purchase shares of the holding company at its first private placement offer and settles their dues either in part or in full against the initial investment made into the Tomahawk Computers Pte Ltd by way of this Phase One fund raising campaign as the investment is now owned by the holding company. All private placement offerings of the holding company will be auctioned.
5. Any remaining balance of the initial investment made into the Tomahawk Computers Pte Ltd by way of this Phase One fund raising campaign will be converted to shares of the holding company at IPO price.
6. Shares of the holding company will be listed in a stock market.
Shares on offer: None.
Amount raised: We need large sums of funds to realize our objectives and to operate effectively, therefore, we do not set a cap on amount of funds we raise in the Phase One of fund raising.
Who can participate: Institutional investors or wealthy individuals who understand what is on offer and risks and rewards especially with respect to long-term perspective of technology based research companies.
Minimum Amount: For individuals, the minimum amount is one million US dollars. For Institutional investors or corporates, we do not set a minimum amount.
Benefits of Phase One Fund Raising Campaign:
1. Receive one bonus share of the holding company (to be formed soon) for every US dollar invested in the Tomahawk Computers Pte Ltd.
2. It is because of above mentioned bonus shares, at private placement auctions of the holding company, it doesn't cost as much as per share compared to new investors, therefore, can bid higher and get more shares.
3. Maximize your profits by purchasing shares of the holding company at its very first private placement offer. We expect shares of the holding company would be much higher at subsequent private placement offerings.
4. We would be inviting some of the institutions or individuals to accept directorships of the holding company that we think can benefit or can make a significant contribution for its strategic direction.
Use of procceds: We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, including working capital and capital expenditures. We may also use a portion of the net proceeds to acquire businesses, technologies, or other assets.
How to participate: If you are interested to invest in our Phase One fund raising campaign or any inquiry, please contact:
Please provide your background information to request a prospectus. The prospectus is only available in English language.
1. Who is Tomahawk desktop aimed at?
Who is Apple Mac OS X is aimed at? Tomahawk Desktop operating system is a general purpose operating system for personal computers/laptops based on BSD code with K Desktop Environment (KDE). Apple Mac OS X is a product developed using sources from former Mach operating system, FreeBSD, NetBSD, other BSD sources and of course from Apple's own contributions. Tomahawk Desktop is a product developed using sources from former Mach operating system, FreeBSD, NetBSD, other BSD sources and of course from our own contributions. Therefore, we can aim at the same user categories of the Apple Mac OS X such as general public, graphic artists, audio and video professionals, etc. Tomahawk Desktop is not in the version number game as almost all Linux distributions are. We are in the infrastructure game. We have many features not found in Linux distributions. Just to highlight one, professional audio and video production requires real-time infrastructure support from the operating system side. Beside Apple Mac OS X, most probably, the Tomahawk Desktop operating system is the only general purpose operating system offer real-time facility natively in the core OS.
2. What is the license of Tomahawk Desktop?
We use our own commercial license which we allow completely free for any personal use. By releasing the Tomahawk Desktop for free for personal use, we hope to help bridge the digital divide, promote use of legal software and show our gratitude for open source developers as we use lot of open source software to make the Tomahawk Desktop.
3. What happened between 2006 and 2008?
We realised that a viable desktop operating system cannot be developed based on Linux. Therefore, we switched to BSD, especially FreeBSD. Please refer to "Why we switched to BSD?" for detail. Linux is an operating system kernel. FreeBSD is a tightly integrated operating system release. FreeBSD's kernel is not available as a standalone package. Our switch was radical. Required a steep learning curve from using FreeBSD for day to day tasks, learning how the FreeBSD internals work, and diving deep into dismantling the FreeBSD. Before we start the development of the Tomahawk Desktop version 2.0 Beta1, we made three alpha versions of the Tomahawk Core version 2.0. We did not announce either switch to BSD or development of the alpha versions of the Tomahawk Core version 2.0 for strategic reasons. We are now equip with a viable operating system based on BSD code, time is right for us now to raise funds to expedite the development of Tomahawk Desktop.
4. Who are your customers?Direct customers are of course the corporates. We intend to sell site licenses to them. Ironically, we expect a significant revenue, indirectly, from the end users who use it for free! This is similar to Google's core services are free yet earn billions out of it. This may not be logical in the traditional corporate perspective. We are not a traditional company. Direct OS sales is a one possible revenue. We have identified many possible significant revenue sources associated with the Tomahawk Desktop. Having a general purpose operating system in hand is our greatest strength and the foundation for many services and revenue.