On Sat, 2008-05-24 at 20:01 -0400, William L. Thomson Jr. wrote:
> For more of a fun thread. I am just going to list a bunch of ideas I
> personally have had wrt to what Gentoo could do with money. They are not
> listed in any particular order.
> 1. Provide all devs with a base development system
> 2. Sponsors devs to travel to events, seminars, summits, etc
> 3. Sponsors devs for educational purposes, certifications, college,
> trade courses, etc
> 4. Hold an annual Gentoo Conference for all developers and users
> 5. Pay for infra services
I'm glad you are not the treasurer.
> 6. Buy bitchen hardware and toys for infra
> 7. Buy new hardware to install/certify Gentoo on ( PS 4, new procs,
> big iron, etc)
> 8. Increase schwag and freebie stuff to give away at events
This does not actually make the distro any better.
> 9. Sponsors development via Gentoo summer of code, or fall, winter,
> or spring summer of code
> 10. Donate/contribute to other projects and charities
> 11. Purchase membership for Gentoo in other foundations ( Gentoo
> being a member of Gnome foundation, or etc )
> 12. Provide hardware to devs working on certain areas, device
> drivers etc ( like buying a bunch of video cards for those
> supporting binary drivers, or odd/expensive hardware )
This is a tricky area. Many rules of eligibly would have to be setup
and may cause internal conflicts/jealousy among devs getting all
the pretty/cool toys.
> 13. Buy licenses to commercial apps so we can package and make
> ebuilds available for them.
I would be strongly opposed to #13
> 14. Provide FREE release media
We already do this.
> 15. Marketing and promotional materials ( flyers to hand out at
> events, banners, booth displays, etc )
> There are likely more, hopefully others will chime in on stuff I missed.
You seem to want to run the foundation like a business. Please stop
that. You are crossing the line where Gentoo should have something like
it's own Corp vs Foundation worrying about money.
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