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Re: Sponsoring of packages

On Tue, 7 Jun 2005, Martin Mewes wrote:

I once saw an article that a DD orphaned a package and would only be
able continue the work if someone pays for it as his free time is
limited and he need to get a life somehow.

For the benefit of those unfamiliar with the situation, MEPIS (a Debian deriative distribution) needed new webmin packages straight away. I replied that being under a cash crunch, I had to look for gainful employment so new webmin packages were a low priority. I gave them three choices.

1.  Wait till I or someone else got around to it.

2.  Remove my need to go money grubbing

3.  Make the packages themselves and I would upload them to the archive.

Happily they did choose 2 and I built the packages they wanted on their schedule.

I thought it would be a good
idea to "sponsor" DDs in this way to keep up the valued work on special
things which are of interest for me.

Me too. However, we don't want to start a dangerous precedent of maintainers holding their packages for ransom. I suggest you first follow the normal RFP (Request For Package) procedure and only if that fails go the payment route. (If however, you do go down that route, please note that I am available :-)

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar@debian.org>
La Salle Debain - http://www.braincells.com/debian/

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