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Re: Question for DPL Candidates: sponsorship of Debian development by companies?

On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 12:42:11PM +0100, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> This raises the question of bounties sponsored by companies to do
> Debian development. Of course, the DPL can't prevent companies from
> offering money to do Debian work. However, as a DPL (or 2IC), will
> you actively seek such sponsorship, or help companies propose such
> sponsorship? Under which policies (e.g restriction on who can
> apply)?

No, as a potential DPL I don't plan to do anything like that, at least
as long as we have Debian money to spend first. Let me be clear on
this: the money we currently have, have been donated to us to put them
into use not to let them rot in bank accounts. So if we need money for
project "tasks" [1], the first place where to look is Debian money.

Also, the most important way of spending our money is helping
contributors to meet. Full stop. Then, in exceptional case where we
face blockers that can be resolved with money we can consider that,
with DDs agreement.

> Zack wrote that no one already contributing to Debian should be
> authorized to pick bounties offered by Debian directly. Would you
> encourage a similar position for bounties offered as part of the
> Google Summer of Code, for example?

I think similar rules should apply for GSoC. I see as the main
objective of that initiative that of attracting new people to Debian.
In that respect it is quite pointless to have people already involved
into Debian to get paid to get in touch with the project. It happened
in the past with the GSoC program, and I believe it was a mistake.


[1] note that it is not always the case, IIRC ftp-masters for example
have started seeking direct hardware donations for the forthcoming
snapshot.debian.org, which makes perfectly sense

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