>Tsk, tsk, Debian and its developers

2:45 PM

>So it looks like now we're going to start seeing delays in Debian releases, because Dunc Tank started paying two developers and the rest of the Debian developers got mad about it and have brought their work almost to a halt. I'm not on the inside of this fiasco (thank God) but I will say that this is completely ridiculous.

These people have been developing for Debian all this time without getting paid for their efforts, and now that someone gets paid for their efforts, they've suddenly decided to protest against their lack of payment.

There are commercial distros that only pay a small handful of their developers, yet have tons of developers working on the distro in their spare time. Meanwhile, Debian has always been a purely volunteer based distro. Dunc Tank was merely born out of the desire to give back to those volunteers. There were no promises that everyone would get paid, and to my knowledge, Dunc Tank hasn't even gathered enough donations to be able to pay everyone.

Psst... if you're complaining about not getting paid for your efforts, you're not quite a volunteer any more. You're now just a whiner that shouldn't even be volunteering in the first place since you don't understand the meaning of the word "volunteer".

The definition of "volunteer":

  1. To perform or offer to perform a service of one's own free will.

  2. To do charitable or helpful work without pay: Many retirees volunteer in community service and day care centers.

Complaining that you're not getting paid to do something you volunteered for while someone else is is just downright childish. Not to mention it shows a complete lack for the ability to see the bigger picture - that is that you're not only punishing everyone else because you didn't get paid for something that was supposed to be completely voluntary anyways, but you're also making yourself look like a complete and immature buffoon to any possible employers. A person that complains and revolts when someone else gets paid for something they're both volunteering for is also a person likely to complain and revolt when someone else gets paid more than them for a real job they're both doing. I don't think most employers would appreciate that in their workplace.

But what do I know, right? I'm not a developer, after all.

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  1. >I personally think the other developers should just accept that "OK, now it was these guys getting paid to do full time development." And then they should rather pledge why it should be them doing the full time development the next time it would become an issue...I think this is childish of the Debian developers, and I am starting to understand Mark Shuttleworth more and more...