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To: "William L. Thomson Jr." <wltjr@g.o>
From: Ned Ludd <solar@g.o>
Subject: Re: What could the Gentoo Foundation do with money?
Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 20:56:22 -0700
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 )

Tree hater..

> 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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