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Re: KickStarter for Debian packages - crowdfunding/donations for development


On Samstag, 15. Juni 2013, Russ Allbery wrote:
> There were some past experiments with this in Debian, and they caused a
> lot of social controversy.
> One of the problems with paying for work in the Debian context is that
> we're a world-wide project that welcomes contributions from everyone as
> equally as we can manage.  I think this is one of the major strengths of
> the project.  For the most part, we can ignore such things as differences
> in compensation rates in different parts of the world.  But if we get into
> paying for work, that immediately highlights that amounts that are
> inadequate to pay for skilled time in some areas where there are project
> contributors are far more than a typical wage in other areas.  This
> creates, or at least highlights, an awkward inequality in the project.
> Another problem is that when some people are paid for doing the same work
> that other people are doing on a volunteer basis, it creates a lot of
> tension that's difficult to manage.  While this is true anyway (for
> example, my employer pays me to do some packaging work), currently it's
> quite indirect, and the payment isn't officially blessed by the project or
> part of the project structure.  Every contributor to Debian just manages
> their finances in their own ways.  I think the tension gets much worse if
> the project is explicitly deciding to pay some people and not others.

FWIW I share these concerns and also don't like the idea to as a project 
endorse ways to give money to developers. I don't want to see money persons 
join Debian and I dont want see people leave Debian because of it. I also dont 
want to see people fight over money. ("Hey, I must maintain this software 
because I deserve the money users pay for it.")

Donations to Debian OTOH, which benefit all developers (by paying for 
hardware, developer sprints, etc) are very much welcome.


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