On Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 07:26:35AM -0400 or thereabouts, Seemant Kulleen wrote:
> > My fear is that the moment we start to help a dev in need, there will be devs
> > in need all over. What, then, becomes the criteria for selecting Dev A but
> > rejecting Dev B? If that becomes sketchy then the complaint could be made
> > (to the IRS) that the Gentoo Foundation is no longer operating in the public
> > interest.
> I was not referring to power bills and such. I was actually thinking of
> burnt harddrives, cpus, memory sticks etc. Such things can be purchased
> and sent (and thus moneys tracked). In other words, my statement was
> about things rather than cash. Having said that, it is entirely
> possible that it would be a slippery slope with a lot of devs suddenly
> in need, but I tend to think people are basically good and that that
> won't happen.
In general, I don't support the notion of buying things for individuals,
for many of the reasons Corey already articulated, but also because I don't
think that such targeted purchases are really the best way to disburse our
I want to see the Foundation sending developers to conferences where they
can answer user questions, get a better feel for what our community really
wants, etc. Broad-reaching type stuff. I agree that providing a stick of
RAM to a developer has tangible benefit to Gentoo, but I'd rather see that
handled via other means. (private donations, etc.)
That's my $.02, at least.