Linux.com: Organization to Pay Debian Developers Begins Work
Oct 20, 2006, 15:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)
"A month after it was announced, Dunc-Tank, the unofficial
organization to fund selected projects in Debian, is on track with
its first experiments. The organization has defused active
opposition to its experiment within Debian and is now ready to
receive donations and to proceed with its plans.
"Announced on September 19, Dunc-Tank proposed to begin by
paying each of the Debian release managers for one month to ensure
the timely release of the next official Debian release in December.
The proposal became an immediate source of controversy in the
Debian community. A small but vocal minority of Debian developers
were philosophically opposed to the idea of payment. Others raised
concerns that the involvement of Anthony Towns, the Debian Project
Leader, as well as other prominent Debian developers, would cause
outsiders to view Dunc-Tank as an official Debian project. The
controversy was strong enough that a general resolution on whether
Debian should support Dunc-Tank was quickly followed by a second
one to recall Towns from his position..."