Kurt Lieber wrote: [Sat May 22 2004, 06:09:15AM EDT]
> All --
> We haven't yet discussed how we're going to spend money (or decide how to
> spend money) but below is a message from Robin that I think clearly
> justifies spending some money on lark. It might be a good catalyst to get
> us to figure out what our budgeting and expenditure approval process is
> going to be. It can be as simple as someone (like me) posting an email
> (like this) to this list or it can be somethimg more complex.
I'm not opposed to writing proposals and having a tiered voting system
(although we shouldn't set the specific monetary levels of the tiers in
stone, since both inflation and, hopefully, our income is likely to rise),
but it seems to me that for trustees to vote responsibly we need to be
better informed about Gentoo's finances. On average, how much money is
donated to the project each month? (As a complete non-sequitar, should
we have a page on www.g.o that gratefully acknowledges our donors the
same way that public-supported arts programs do?) Similarly, on average
how much money is spent by Gentoo each month, and on what? How much
money does each area of Gentoo _need_ to spend, and how much would it
_like_ to spend, and for what purposes?
I suspect that right now the majority of money spent by Gentoo is on
infra stuff. I would be very much in favor of giving infra a yearly sum
of money (or, more practically, a fraction of our income) that they can
spend as they see fit, requiring a yearly expense report and review, instead
of having the trustees needing to vote on every single expense.
PS. Sorry for being out of touch. I just returned from a conference at
Ole Miss, and it seems that Oxford, MS is both a wireless and a Sprint
PCS wasteland. Sheesh!
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