Disgruntled Debian Developers Delay Etch
Vexed that two Debian developers were getting paid for their work, other Debian programmers have either ceased or slowed down their work on the popular Linux distribution. (Linux-Watch)Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, code-named Etch, had been due to arrive by Dec. 4, 2006, but its been delayed because some developers have deliberately slowed down their work. According to a blog note by Andreas Barth, Debian developer and release manager, the delay has resulted because "Some people who used to do good work reduced their involvement drastically. There was nothing I could do about, and that happened way before I started full-time on release, but on the global picture that still counts." It appears that these developers have pulled back from working on Debian because of their objections to Barth and fellow release manager, Steve Langasek, being paid to work on Debian by the Dunc-Tank.org.
Dunc-Tank.org is a group of Debian developers that set about raising funds to be used for "financially supporting the volunteers working on managing the release process, allowing them to devote their full attention to that task."