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Re: Constant revenue source (was: Google ads on debian.org)

On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 10:08:23AM -0500, Stephen Frost wrote:
> * Andrew Suffield (asuffield@debian.org) wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 03:31:47PM +0100, Martin Schulze wrote:
> > > Stephen Frost wrote:
> > > > Do you have any suggestion as to something that'd be a consistent
> > > > revenue source for Debian that you *wouldn't* be opposed to?  Maybe a
> > > > Debian Magazine (with/without ads?)?  Or a subscriber-only Debian
> > > > website (run by those willing to provide the content for it, obviously)?
> > > > What about Debian selling CDs directly (though, well, it'd help if we
> > > > released on a more regular basis for that, but then, that'd be a good
> > > > thing for us to do *anyway*)?
> > > 
> > > SPI could start a sponsorship program for Debian and the other
> > > associated programs like the FSF Europe did[1].  That could mean that
> > > there would be 200 s upporters with EUR 10/month, ..., and 2 with 500
> > > EUR/month or something.
> > 
> > Does anybody actually have any uses for such a revenue source that
> > would not be better served by creating an independent organisation?
> Not *entirely* sure what you mean here.  As mentioned elsewhere before,
> SPI might have some use for an accounting service at the very least.

That should be done by SPI, not us.

> Additionally, Debian has funded developers to debconf before,

I'm not really sure that's a good idea. "Free holidays for developers"
doesn't seem like something we should be doing.

> as well as retained some amount for emergency spending
> for hardware or whatnot.

We're already covered in that department. That might be justified if
we didn't have any money in the bank, but we do.

> Other potential uses for revenue could be
> buying obscure hardware off eBay or from wherever that we don't have
> enough of, and possibly helping to cover the costs of hosting that
> equipment.

Don't seem to have any trouble there either. I don't recall the last
time we had difficulty obtaining and hosting equipment. The problem
has always been getting stuff done with the equipment we've already

Sure, you could spend money on any of these things. But you can't
*justify* spending money on them, because we don't need it.

> Perhaps this would be a more appropriate discussion to have w/ SPI,
> since they probably fit this category at least slightly closer than
> Debian does

Yes, it would appear to be legitimate for SPI to do this sort of
thing. That should be done without involving Debian.

> though, honestly, Debian seems pretty well lined up in that
> category too.

Really can't see why you think that.

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