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Re: Using money to fund real Debian work

On Tue, Oct 10, 2006 at 08:50:39PM +0200, Denis Barbier wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 08, 2006 at 09:22:04PM -0400, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> [...]
> > The strange thing is that while I see lots of discussion about why
> > people should or should not be allowed to fund particular developers to
> > do particular things, I don't see any similar discussion about why
> > people should or should not be allowed to spend their time working on
> > the parts of Debian that interest them most.
> Program runs successfully here after dropping the 'assert (tine == money);'
> statement.

Huh?  I hate to be the one to break it to you, but many things life
boil down to a question of time or money.

* Do I mow my lawn (time) or hire someone to do it (money)?
* Do I was my car (time) or hire someone to do it (money)?
* Do I program my own OS (time) or hire someone to do it (money)?

Seriously, I do not understand all the fuss.  Are people just afraid of
"not being the one to get paid?"  Really, that is just absurd.  Install
the bible-kjv package and read the output of `bible matt20:1-16`.  I'll
give you the cliff-notes version:

Different people made a deal to work for the owner of a vineyard.  Some
people agreed to work more hours for the same pay than others who worked
fewer hours.  When the owner pays the workmen at the end of the day,
those who worked all day got mad for receiving the same pay (to which
they initially agreed) as those who only worked the last hour.  The
owner rebukes the comlaining workers and tells them that it is his money
to do with as he pleases.

The moral of the story is that everyone here comes in to the situation
of giving their time to Debian to improve it.  Now, someone comes along
and wants to be generous and help further improve it by donating
financial resources.  Person A gets mad becuase he is afraid that person
B will will get pay for something that both had originally agreed to do
for free.  Well, tough.  It is the donor's resource.  It is utterly
insane for a resource limited organization to refuse additional
resources, especially when there are not any additional restrictions
imposed.  Please, people get over it.  So what if someone else gets paid
and you don't?  If you came into it with the notion that you were going
to do it for free, then that is a decision you made for yourself.

Now, go read the parable one more time to make sure you understand it.



Roberto C. Sanchez

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