[CentOS] EL 6 rollout strategies? (Scientific Linux)

Tue May 17 11:37:54 UTC 2011
Benjamin Franz <jfranz at freerun.com>

On 05/16/2011 02:44 PM, nemus at grayhatlabs.com wrote:
> I never thought sliced bread was all that great.
> Wouldn't it be better for people to donate money to help push things along
> faster?
> I mean if your really upset about how long its taken to come out why don't
> you donate some money to help the people who are working for free?

Love to. Actually got approval from my company to do so years ago: The 
project donations page has been down ("CentOS is currently reviewing our 
cash donation program. In the mean time we are not accepting any 
financial donations. We do appreciate though, if you want to - for 
example - help out with promo material. See our Wiki page on donations 
<http://wiki.centos.org/Donate> for more up to date information.") for 
around two years now.

It is very hard to take dev complaints about how 'no one wants to 
contribute' seriously when the devs have avoided setting up an easy 
mechanism for people to contribute money *to the project* for years now. 
Money doesn't solve all problems (and creates some new ones of its own), 
but it can pay developers, buy new servers for development, and create 
other resources.

But I will not throw money at the devs as no-string gifts to them as 
individuals. If they want to 'board the gravy train' by making a living 
from the project, I'm thrilled for them. I've no problem with people 
being compensated for their work. Form a formally chartered organization 
with accountable mechanisms for paying the devs. Go to town on it.

If they just want people to give them money personally (which some devs 
have, perhaps tongue in cheek, suggested on this list) with no 
accountability or expectation that that money actually specifically 
support the project, well, they can keep dreaming.

Benjamin Franz

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