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Linux.com: Organization to Pay Debian Developers Begins Work

Oct 20, 2006, 15:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"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..."

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