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Re: Proposal #3: Upstream/Debian Project donations (was: PaySwarm-based donations)

On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 2:53 AM, Lars Wirzenius <liw@liw.fi> wrote:
> I do, however, want to repeat my point that this kind of thing is likely
> to be quite divisive even outside one distro. Donations from end-users
> are highly likely to go mainly to highly visible projects, such as
> Firefox/Iceweasel and LibreOffice. Those projects are of course deserving
> the support, but it leaves all the less-visible but crucially important
> projects without the support. Which end user is going to realise that,
> say, freetype or GNU Make or, say, piuparts, even exists?

The donate mechanism probably could be extended to increase donation
awareness of important libraries/tools since apt knows what is really
needed for each package even if end users may not.

Maybe something can be done like:
$ donate --build-depends $5 libreoffice
to donate to libreoffice and everything that allows it to exist

$ donate debian-infrastructure
$ donate debian-qa
could check metadata for some pseudo-package and donate accordingly

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