Re: Future Debian CD plans
> If I understand you right, you want to turn Debian into a non-profit
> (=commercial) organisation.
I AM NOT TRYING TO TURN THE PROJECT INTO A COMMERCIAL ORGANIZATION.
IT IS A NON-PROFIT. I WANT TO RAISE OUR PERCEPTION IN THE PUBLIC BY
MAKING OUR PRODUCT _LOOK_ COMMERCIAL.
If you are threatened by the premise of us selling a $2 CD because
we'd be commerical, look at what FSF wants for tapes.
> * We still don't have the ALPHA and SPARC ports.
> * Reliable Quality control is missing.
> * RedHat is always faster with security fixes.
> * The homepage is not attractive.
> * The number of developers is huge.
> * "dselect" is too difficult.
> * TeX is not fully functional.
> * Very many old bug reports.
> * 200 packages are still not in the new source-format.
> * Support for other countries that US is only rudimentary.
I'm sorry. I'm not going to solve _ANY_ of those problems for you. That is up
to our volunteers to do.
I am sure that we can ad a petty cash budget to the project without
alienating people. Ian Murdock got paid $10,000 to work on Debian, nobody
got upset. I am not proposing to salary developers, but to give us some money
to work on projects like publicity and trade shows. I said we _may_ make a
granting organization to fund developers _later_on_.
One thing I am very sure of. I am tired of being the administrative slave
of a bunch of whiny, fearful kids. I want to see constructive action from
you guys on the project's problems, not whining if I try to make the smallest
policy decision. I'm a volunteer too, and there's no reason for me to take it.
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