List Archive: gentoo-nfp
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On Tue, 2004-04-13 at 16:33, Corey Shields wrote:
> the NFP is to solve a long time issue of the constant rumors that the
> managers are going to run off with Gentoo and turn it into a profitable
> business. a "Not For Profit" would prevent that (as the name suggests).
While I don't believe that the managers really could *run off* with
Gentoo in practice, I think a NFP would be beneficial. Many times I
hear of how Gentoo is "owned by Daniel" from people who are not very
familiar with Gentoo. I have even been asked "What keeps Daniel from
simply taking everything you've done and firing you, keeping the money
Many people don't understand exactly how Gentoo works. Perception is a
very big thing in the IT world, much more so than we sometimes want it
to be. Having a NFP essentially says, there's a body that governs the
general direction of Gentoo and is accountable to the Gentoo community.
> This problem seems to be a much bigger problem as the lack of funding..
> ~ because, although a lot of people aren't as vocal as others, many
> people want to leave if this is not done. whereas they will continue to
> stick around without funding much like they do now.
I because a developer for Gentoo because I like to play games on Linux.
I have a job. I don't expect to make money from Gentoo. Even if we
were to get paid, it wouldn't be livable by most standards. This is
supposed to be fun, guys. Having a governing body to take care of the
boring non-development stuff like funding for making commercial-quality
CDs for our users and resolving disputes is a great idea. Having one
that is classified as a NFP is even better, as it keeps everyone honest
since there's not a fortune to be made following that route. Greed can
kill a good thing quicker than anything. We definitely do not want to
fall victim to that.
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