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Old 09-22-2006, 04:21 AM   #1
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LXer: Proposal to fund Debian reveals debate about developers' motivations


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A group of leading developers calling themselves Dunc-Tank is preparing to pay selected Debian developers to complete specific projects. But although Dunc-Tank's first goal is the practical one of ensuring that the next version of Debian is ready for its scheduled release, its announcement has also publicized a previously private debate about what happens when free software developers suddenly receive pay for what they are already doing for personal reasons.

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Old 09-22-2006, 09:47 AM   #2
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Although the cynical might say that Dunc-Tank represents the continuation of official Debian business by unofficial means, the description of the group is apparently intended to acknowledge that its members are acting on their own initiative, and that no consensus on their ideas has been reached within the project itself.
Anthony Towns is definitely a red-tape cutter. Generally that personality trait gains a lot of respect from me, assuming that the "cutting" is not aimed at personal gain. So far, Town's big schemes (getting Sun Java into Contrib, and now this) seem to fit that definition.
 
  


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