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#1 2016-12-06 12:49:15

cranmax
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Registered: 2016-12-01
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Donations

Hi everyone,

I'm intrigued to know how debian manage the money of donations, and what's the difference with BunsenLabs. Also, how you plan to operate with an excess of donations and if there's an opportunity with donations to do Bunsenlabs more efficient hiring developers.

Thanks for your time in advance,
cranmax

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#2 2016-12-06 13:43:47

twoion
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Registered: 2015-08-10
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Re: Donations

See here: https://www.debian.org/donations & https://www.bunsenlabs.org/donations.html.

The BunsenLabs Project wrote:
The cause

BunsenLabs is created and maintained by volunteers – we do this work because we love it, not for money. However, keeping the distro available online does involve some costs, for example, renting a server and registering the domain name.

No-one need feel obliged – or even expected – to make a financial contribution, and many people support the project in other ways, but if you would like to send us something via PayPal it will of course be most welcome, and help us to meet the costs mentioned above.

Thank you!

BL is not affiliated with Debian or any other organization, and less organized and hierarchical. The scope of our project is to be Debian + Something, so it's much smaller than the main Debian project. Otherwise, we're pretty similar: The core team consists of the people listed here, plus some more individuals who have made major and minor contributions all over the place (for example, forum user ututo did the logo. The core team alone controls project resources and spending, like at Debian HQ. Within the team, control over resources and funds is split between several people ("checks and balances").

As you can see from the funding status report shown here https://www.bunsenlabs.org/donations.ht … ing-status, excess funds get allocated to future "business" years. The main use of funds is to keep the project online and continously available by financing its infrastructure, mainly domain costs and hosting expenses (netcup alone is sponsoring an extra virtual private server).

As the numbers are public and therefore are no secret (although I should update the numbers to include Q4), and working with the numbers currently published, as of 9/2016 we've received $1749 in donations and have used up approx. $400*9/12=$300 of that, leaving us with a balance of approx. $1449. That kind of cash does NOT go a long way when it comes to developer time, which is why we figured pretty early the best use of funds would be to try and limit spending to infra cost as much as possible, trying to keep that cost down as much as possible, and thereby maximize project life time.


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#3 2016-12-06 14:55:29

cranmax
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Re: Donations

Thanks for your explanation.

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#4 2017-01-18 02:05:26

KrunchTime
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Registered: 2015-09-29
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Re: Donations

@twoion & others:  Thank you for the great transparency.  If I ever come into a large amount of money, I would consider giving a healthy donation to the major developers of this great distro.  As a guy who goes by the moniker of JustinCredible on YouTube would say:  Keep on rockin' in the free world.

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