Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 17:38 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Debian and its clones Last September, some of the Debian Linux distribution's leadership wanted to make sure that Etch, the next version of Debian, arrived on its December 4th due date. Almost two months later, though, according to the February 17th Release Critical Bug Report memo to the Debian Developers Announcement list, there are still 541 release critical bugs.
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Jody
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2005-06-30

Your point about paying developers is actually valid.

There are companies making millions off of supporting Linux but that money does not necessarily make it to any of the people actually writing the code, building packages, or fixing bugs.

According to the Inquirer, HP is making 25 million a year supporting Debian: http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=37799

I can't speak authoritatively on if any of this money is getting channeled back to support Debian or not though, I am simply pointing out that there is nothing preventing HP from making 25 million a year on Debian and giving Debian squat.

I believe a large portion of money made on open source software ends up in the hands of the middle men due largely to the support model.

The best solution for companies building Linux is to also sell commercial support, but there must be a thousand companies other than RH offering paid support of Red Hat products. Sure they do bug fixes, but since they don't have to pay full time developers to contribute the bulk of the code, it makes it easy to undercut Red Hat's support prices.

A more direct model to support developers and support staff alike could offer huge gains, but most of these attempts have not really taken hold.

Some ideas on how better to do this could make for an interesting article/discussion.

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