The Manjaro community donations are currently held by OpenCollective and CommunityBridge with me acting as treasurer since the switch away from Phil's personal bank account as the target for donations (and that in turn due to the company announcement).
There is a written expense
Please note the Collective name on invoices. If the vendor requires a billing address, you can put your address or the address of any core contributor of the collective.
Expenses will be covered for costs which support and progress the Manjaro project, for example and non-exhaustively:
- Travel and subsistence costs for conferences and related activities;
- Hardware purchases and upgrades which support the development of Manjaro;
- Software purchases, upgrades, and licenses which support the development of Manjaro;
- Hosting and SaaS/PaaS etc. charges related to the project.
Expenses should be discussed on the forum and/or Telegram and nominally approved, and normally prior to any purchases being made, before being submitted to the Collective.
which is intended to ensure the funds are used appropriately to benefit the community - for example, server hosting, development hardware and software, etc.
The written policy is to discuss expenses prior to purchase and so ensure the best deal can be found. Smaller expenses have been submitted which followed this policy.
Recent expenses have been filed against the community funds after approval only from Phil with the expectation I would wave them through. The policy was reiterated, and agreed by team members.
Another expense was submitted today for a €2,000 laptop with discussion between only Phil and the person wanting the laptop.
This was rejected as the policy had not been followed, and I queried the expense. Other privately discussed expenses also came to light.
Phil was unhappy about the rejection and the additional questions about how community funds would be used. As a consequence I am no longer treasurer, leaving Phil in control of all funds once again. Phil is now in a position to use community funds as he sees fit in order to move the community project in the same direction as his company.
I will still be floating around the forum but at this point Manjaro doesn't seem all that friendly any more.
Happy trails one and all.
Small update 2020-07-24T00:00:00Z:
In addition, my @manjaro.org email address has been disabled and access to other systems has been removed.