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Future of Debian Weekly News

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After I learned that the Debian project is indirectly paying some of its developers $ 6,000 my motivation to work on Debian issues in favour of other things dropped. Suddenly other duties and tasks became more important and hence weren't neglected anymore in favour of Debian work.

I have realised that I cannot afford spending so much time on Debian anymore without compensation. Unfortunately, I can't live out of nothing but also have to pay my rent, power and Internet fees, insurance, social pension fund, health insurance, even some equipment and clothes, and, not to forget, actually food as well. I had neglected this in the past which resulted in a negative balance, but I was willing to go for it. I'm not anymore.

One of the areas of Debian this realisation affected was the production of Debian Weekly News (DWN) which I have edited and mostly written myself for more than five years now. I have already reported that producing the weekly newsletter for the Debian project takes about one entire day of work each week.

However, I cannot afford spending $ 1,200 ($ 6,000 divided by 5) or one entire day on DWN without compensation and neglecting everything else as I have done before.

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