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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Easy way to get Debian properly supported
by bailey86 on Mon 26th Feb 2007 11:47 UTC
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Apparently HP is making money from Debian.

Who said you can't make money by supporting free community-based Linux distributions?

HP is making $25 million by supporting the free Debian GNU/Linux distribution in what may ultimately turn out to be a challenge to commercial distributions from Novell and Red Hat.

So it would be easy for them to pay some developers wages - and pay well.

These developers should be part of the main Debian setup and would not have to go into HP offices etc. Think of them as 'no-shows' as per the Sopranos!

On the Debian site we could then see a listing of which staff are being sponsored by which company. We could also see which companies are supplying other support such as bandwidth or hardware.

Now, I buy servers regulary and I can freely choose between Dell, IBM, HP, Fujitsu-Siemens etc etc.

(Already I choose IBM over Dell because of their support for Linux).

I would buy servers from the company which is providing the most number of 'no-shows' to Debian.

After all, I am looking after my clients *long term* interests. So they may pay slightly more for a server today but if the server supplier is actively supporting Debian then my clients will gain in the long term.

As a side note - if a developer feels they are being wrongly pressurised by their 'sponsor' to do anything against the Debian ethics then they could soon let the rest of us know. I don't think any company would like to get a bad rep with the Debian community!

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