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Dunc-Tank Proposal Leads to Recall Resolution for Debian Project Leader

Sep 22, 2006, 12:45 (0 Talkback[s])

Linux.com: Proposal to Fund Debian Reveals Debate About Developers' Motivations

"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.

"In its first news release, Dunc-Tank describes itself as an 'experiment' and its members as 'an independent group of developers, users, and supporters of Debian.' In fact, however, Dunc-Tank members are among the most active and prominent Debian developers. The news release announcing the group lists both Anthony Towns, the Debian Leader, and Steve McIntyre, assistant to the Debian Leader, among its supporters, as well as Raphaël Hertzog, Joey Hess, and Ted Ts'o--all of whose names should be familiar to anyone who follows the Debian project. Ts'o is also a long-time kernel developer..."

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LWN: Debian Buries Itself in General Resolutions

"People who have been following the discussions in the Debian Project know that the developers currently have a few outstanding general resolutions to consider--and the small task of getting a new distribution out by the end of the year. Now, it seems that some developers feel that the best way to push things forward is with a new resolution recalling project leader Anthony Towns..."

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