I’ve been asked by numerous people for my take on Dunc Tank, the latest “conspiracy” to roil the Debian waters. (Summary: Dunc Tank aims to raise funds to pay Debian developers to complete certain key projects, such as ensuring the next version of Debian, etch, is released on time.)
My take is simple: The kind of childish sniping that has taken place over the past few weeks (which, as usual, seems to come from a small but extremely vocal corner of the community) does far more harm to Debian than any perceived monetary “taint”. It’s no wonder “the enterprise” doesn’t take Debian seriously.
If anything, I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen lately, namely that Debian finally has strong leadership that’s willing to take necessary steps without fear of offending the mob of the few that often paralyzes these kinds of projects.
Bravo, AJ. And keep at it. It takes a steely sort of person to stick their necks out like this, but strong leadership is absolutely essential to the success of any project, open source or otherwise. After all, success doesn’t just happen at random.