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Re: Proposal #3: Upstream/Debian Project donations

Venture Communism <venturecommunism@yahoo.com> writes:

> So let's get this straight.

> Step 1) Ask APT people if it belongs in APT

> Get told to go to debian-project list

> Step 2) Ask debian-project list if can put in APT

> Get told doesn't belong in APT

> Step 3) Fix proposal so it's not in APT, goes upstream as asked for, etc.

> Get told to go tell another list

You might even get the impression that the project is not particularly
enthusiastic about the idea.  :)

More seriously, you really can't understate how much the project felt
generally burned by the huge Dunc-Tank controversy.  I was one of the
people who thought it was a decent idea at the time, but the outcome was
far more disruptive than I think it was worth.  I think an earlier post
from you mentioned that you didn't find a lot of good information on-line
about it.  There is an article at:


which isn't awful, but which more importantly has links to a variety of
other articles and might be a good starting point to understand more about
what happened.

This is not directly relevant to the proposal to provide a way to locate
upstream donation points; rather, it's about funding for Debian
development directly.  But that controversy is a good example of the
general project leeriness towards sending money to people and a social
analysis of the fallout provides some understanding of why.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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