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Re: Using Debian funds (was .d.o machines which are down (Re: Questions for the DPL candidates))

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Martin Michlmayr - Debian Project Leader <leader@debian.org> wrote:

>> The problem isn't there, it's that we're not used to spending Debian
>> funds when we need to. This has already been discussed a couple of
>> weeks ago :)
> Where was this and what should we (have) spent money on?
> (I'm not sure what you refer to.  The only thing I can think of is
> possibly Alioth, but I'm not convinced buying a new machine will help
> at this stage.  costa is doing pretty well right now and HP has
> committed to a new box by summer/fall).

Yes, that was it. Sorry I just couldn't remember what the whole thread
was about.

The thread also discussed buying parts and pieces for some other
machines, btw, and the tendency was more like "we have sponsors, let's
ask them and keep the cash for emergencies"

>> We shouldn't rely on sponsors when it comes to small things like one
>> or two disks for a buildd or another machine. That, we can pay for,
>> definitely.
> And we have done so in the past.  If there is a warranted need to buy

Yes. That's the point.

> stuff or spend Debian money or other things, please do not hesitate to
> mail leader@d.o.  We do make quite bad use of our monetary resources
> at the moment and this is partly because nobody is requesting money
> for useful stuff.

I hope we'll all make a post-it with that, and keep it glued
somewhere. Losing precious machines (like the alpha autobuilder,
although the situation is good now) shouldn't happen for such a

> Also see the mail to -project (Subject: Re: Debian-Edu developer
> meeting in Nafplion, Greece) I'll post in the next hour.

I'll go read it.


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