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two questions: fund raising money and publicity


Two unrelated questions. Feel free to reply in separate emails.

* Fundraising

DebConf is one of the biggest expenses of Debian, every year we look
for sponsorship and we had (and have) sponsors who were sponsoring
DebConf as a way of giving their "annual donation" to Debian and
not necessarily funding DebConf itself.
(Do you agree with this part, BTW?)
In recent years, we have started to invest more Debian money in stuaff
such like sprints and minidebconfs¹ that sometimes look for external
founding. This has lead to some  cases where sponsors have been
contacted for separate teams in Debian which can be confusing.
If you think this is a problem. How do you think we can improve this?

¹ Both investments are a great idea BTW

* Publicizing Debian

We have several officials ways of publicizing stuff in Debian:
press releases, identi.ca, bits.d.o and the DPN. We also have the bits
from the DPL that sometimes overlap with the above sources and announce
stuff that should be announce somewhere else instead of mixed with the
DPL activity.

That said, the coordination between the above sources doesn't work very
well, all of them have a lot of room for improvement (and I say that
being closely involved in one of them) and I have seen Debian contributors
lost about what to do when they want to announce something, sometimes
being played as a ping pong ball between teams.
I would love to know your vision about how publicizing Debian should work
and if you think you can do something as DPL to improve the current

Best regards,

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