Re: Debian money
Russ Allbery <email@example.com> wrote:
> Charles Plessy <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > [...] but Debian could support companies started by its developers
> > to make a living of their Debian-related activities, by contributing to
> > their capital. [...]
> We can't do that with moneys collected in the United States under the
> aegis of Software in the Public Interest. It would jeopardize the
> non-profit status of SPI. Non-profit charities are not permitted to make
> investments in for-profit businesses.
Are they permitted to make loans?
There are some non-charities like Debian-UK holding debian funds which
would not be restricted in that way, but I think it would be rather
out of character for debian to take a position of supporting
capitalism in this direct way. It would risks detaching the project
from the users who appreciate it being neutral on many "off-topic"
issues, as well as those who are politically opposed to the money
Is there really demand for investment from such a complicated project?
My Opinion Only: see http://people.debian.org/~mjr/
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