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Re: [Policy] Fund raising advertisement on the DPN


On Thu, 13 Oct 2011, David Prévot wrote:
> Sure, it would be rude not to thanks our sponsors, especially if they
> contributed to make a Debian event, or any Debian initiative, happen. I

I would like to point out that any definition of "Debian initiative"
is blurry.

This is a project about Debian launched by two Debian developers. I
believe it's something that's part of the Debian ecosystem and the fact
that money is involved does not mean we should ignore it.

> > but ask for donations directly on behalf of
> > Debian is something that I disagree.

Pretty please, change the wording so that it doesn't sound like
asking for donation. But don't drop it.

What about this:

<toc-add-entry name="tdah">The Debian Administrator's Handbook</toc-add-entry>

<p>Debian developers Raphaël Hertzog and Roland Mas want to translate
their French Debian bestseller (<q>Cahier de l'Admin Debian</q>) into
English. To be able to spend the 6 months of work required to complete
this project, they are pre-selling the book as part of a <a
campaign</a>. They also setup a separate liberation fund: if it reaches
its target, the resulting book will be published under a license
compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

<p>Note that about 12% of the money donated via the above link will be
given back to the Debian project.</p>

There's no "call for action", so it's really only "information" and not
advertising. You can also checkout the wording on LWN which is quite
neutral too:

> Anyway, thanks to you, Francesca and Jeremiah, I think we can add the

Francesca and Fernando you mean? Jeremiah has been rather supportive
of keeping it. Just like Alexander Reshetov (eof).

And IMO we should rather seek some sort of acceptable compromise rather
than try to count heads on one side or the other and impose a
non-consensual decision on everybody.

> proposed policy to the wiki (e.g to the guidelines [3], unless there is
> a more appropriate place). I'll take care of that tomorrow (feel free to
> beat me in wiki editing), and will then try to actually write stuff for
> the next DPN, that is in stand-by since the beginning of the thread.

I would like you to hold off a bit until all parties had a chance to
participate. In particular Tolimar (Alexander) and alphascorpii (Meike).

I was in touch with the Press team to seek for a press release and as you
know they denied this request but at least Tolimar said to me that a
mention in the DPN was fine.

Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Debian Developer

Pre-order a copy of the Debian Administrator's Handbook and help
liberate it: http://debian-handbook.info/go/ulule-rh/

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