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Re: Using money to fund real Debian work

On Wed, Oct 11, 2006 at 09:58:45AM +0200, Martin Schulze wrote:
> Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> > 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)?
>   * Do I work for Debian (time) or work for a client (money)?

Yet, if  you are able to make Debian your "client", then you can do that
which you enjoy *and* get paid for it.  With my list, I was trying to
list things that are less than desirable to most people.  Things which,
given the chance and sufficient surplus money, they would hire out to
let someone else.  You clearly enjoy, even love, working on Debian.  I
would most happy if someone who has contributed as much as you have to
Debian could find a way to get paid to work full-time on Debian.  I
think that everyone would benefit greatly with such an arrangement.

In the case of allocating monetary resources, the Debian project needs
to identify those developers who:

* have a history of dedication to the project
* have a history of good quality work
* have the technical ability to tackle/solve problems which Debian
* will continue to be dedicated and do good work

Now, AIUI, those criteria are also used for things selecting release
managers, ftpmasters and even by many DDs when they elect a DPL.  So, I
fail to see how introducing money into the equation changes a single
thing, other than that it gives people with sufficient finicial
resources (or insufficient technical ability, depending on your/their
perspective) the opporunity to improve Debian in ways which they would
individually not be able to effect on their own.


Roberto C. Sanchez

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