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Re: If Debian support OS certification?

Paul Wise writes ("Re: If Debian support OS certification?"):
> On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 12:18 AM, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> > If we made such a decision, I'd be very supportive of it. We could make
> > it in a "soft" way, ie tell that we accept some kind of (re-occurring?)
> > sponsorship, and providing a range of acceptable payment. We could make
> > such payment not completely mandatory, but strongly recommended. I'm
> > convinced that, with proper wording (meaning someone *else* than me
> > would attempt it, as I don't think I'd be the best person to write such
> > thing), it would work, and help the project to find more sponsors.
> I think it would be acceptable for the certification process to
> promote donating to Debian and or becoming Debian partners, but not to
> make the certification conditional on payment. That seems to be what
> you are saying here.

I would be in favour of asking for payment.

The work of actually doing the testing is tedious.  If we think people
should be doing that, they should be paid for their time.

We shouldn't be expecting hardware vendors to self-certify.  That is
an invitation to trouble.  We don't have the effort to properly audit
such a thing.  (See above.)

I think the only sensible structure is probably for us to outsource
the certification testing, and administration.  There must be at least
only mildly-useless corporations who could handle this for us.  Of
course the Debian project could contract with some of our existing
contributors, but I think we should engage in a proper supplier
selection process.

I suggest we would set the testing fee to cover the price we pay the
outsourced contractor, plus a 10% donation to Debian.


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