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Re: Question to the candidates: inclusion of the kFreeBSD-* ports

On Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 06:20:14PM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 05:17:01PM +0100, Julien BLACHE wrote:
> > If an ftpmaster was to charge an amount of money to include the new
> > architectures (as was the case for amd64), what would, according to
> > you, be a reasonable amount ?
> That's up to the ftpmaster and the person paying. The alternative is to
> wait until one of the ftpmasters has time to do the necessary work,
> which may well take too long.

I was told on IRC that this statement seems to "support ftpmasters
soliciting bribes". That's not what it intended to say, so let me

I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with a third party
(either a person or a company) paying a Debian Developer to do some work
on a given task; doing so would allow that Developer to prioritize that
particular task above other things which would otherwise get in the way,
and if that person or company has a business that could make a lot more
money if the task in question got done sooner rather than later, that
would quite clearly help them.

The amount of money required for the ftpmaster to indeed prioritize the
task in question above other things (like "paid work") is up to
negotiation between the Debian Developer and the third party.

A Debian Developer should not, however, refuse to do a given task unless
he or she is paid, and should also not stand in the way of other
developers stepping up to do that task in their place.

<Lo-lan-do> Home is where you have to wash the dishes.
  -- #debian-devel, Freenode, 2004-09-22

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