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RE: Mail forwarding in return for Debian donation

-----Original Message-----
From: Manoj Srivastava
To: debian-project@lists.debian.org
Sent: 12/1/04 8:41 PM
Subject: Re: Mail forwarding in return for Debian donation

On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 18:19:32 +0100, Pete van der Spoel
<P.vdSpoel@cetis.hvu.nl> said: 

>>> We don't have any use for money right now. What we have mostly just
>>> sits in a bank account getting slowly devalued by inflation. So
>>> fund raising exercises aren't really a good idea.

>> Oh. Okay at least I don't have to feel bad about using Debian and
>> not contributing, but I have to say I find this very strange. Surely
>> Debian has developers that would love to spend more time working on
>> Debian than on their day-jobs, but don't do so because they need to
>> pay the rent etc?

>	Can we sustain paying salaries for about a 1000 people so they
> work on Debian? Where does the money come from? How do we handle the
> increased pressure on NM as more people clamour to join Debian as a
> means of getting paid whenever the job market is in a down turn?

I can see where you're coming from, but I think that's a very pessimistic
way of looking at it. Also, I'm not suggesting paying a thousand people a
full salary.

What about having a small financial reward for each release critical bug
that is squashed?

To preempt the 'divisive' argument, the financial reward wouldn't
necessarily have to be in the form of hard currency, but could be some point
system, where x queegs give you a free flight to the next Debian conference,
or the option of donating x dollars/euros to whatever charity you like.

Who knows with this in place sarge may be stable by Christmas ;)

Just my 2 queegs,

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