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Re: DPL election IRC Debate - Call for questions

Ean Schuessler wrote:
Q: In June of 2004 it became apparent that SPI had deep set problems executing its chartered tasks.

Hrm; from my archives of spi-private, I'd been complaining about the lack of transparency in financial mangement since 13th Jan 2003, at which point, aiui, donations had not been accepted at all for over six months. SPI members who are subscribed to spi-private and care, can probably follow:


As a DPL candidate, what actions will you take to insure that Debian's funds and other property are managed in a professional manner? How will you insure successful execution?

I think Martin's done exactly the right thing here, which is to diversify Debian's holdings on a country-by-country basis -- both because it means we're not putting all our eggs in one basket, and because it keeps the funds close to where they're going to be spent. Debian is a global organisation, and collecting all our funds in the US isn't really a very sensible thing to do, no matter how well it's managed once it's there.

I've had the opportunity to help that process from the other end by my involvement in Linux Australia, Inc recently, and I'm pleased that that's already resulted in some progress [0]. Fortunately, the LA treasurer, Mark Tearle, will be doing all the actual work. :)

Beyond that, though, I think SPI's problems are something the SPI board will have to work out themselves, and from what I've seen, things do in fact seem to be improving. I hope that continues.


[0] http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/03/msg00072.html

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