draft blog post: Debian in the Ubuntu charity marathon
authorStefano Zacchiroli <zack@upsilon.cc>
Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:08:44 +0000 (12:08 +0200)
committerStefano Zacchiroli <zack@upsilon.cc>
Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:08:44 +0000 (12:08 +0200)
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+Fellow geeks of the
+[Canonical community team](http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/09/26/get-ready-for-the-24-hour-horsemen-marathon/)
+will be doing something pretty weird this week. They're fund-raising for
+charity, for causes ranging from environment to autism, from homeless support
+to kids education, from poverty fight to water supplies. The fund-raising will
+culminate in a 24-hour work
+[marathon stream live](http://marathon.ubuntuonair.com/), which will kick off
+tomorrow (Thursday) at
+[10:00 UTC](http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?year=2012&month=10&day=4&hour=10&min=0&sec=0).
+
+As I like charity, and as I like work done on Free Software, I gladly accepted
+to rely here a **challenge to the Debian community** by one of the marathon
+"horsemen", Michael Hall:
+
+* if Michael receives at least **5 Debian-tagged donations** for the cause he
+  has chosen to support
+  ([Autism Research Trust](http://autismresearchtrust.org/) -
+  [donate](http://www.justgiving.com/mhall119/Donate), he'll do his marathon
+  day in a **Debian t-shirt** (which apparently is also the first Free Software
+  t-shirt he's ever owned).
+  
+  I've already donated, so that makes only 4 donations to go to add some Debian
+  promotion salt to the Ubuntu marathon :-) . To "tag" your donation as
+  originating from the Debian community, just leave a message containing the
+  word "debian" at the end of your donation
+  
+  The work Michael will be doing tomorrow is not entirely Debian-specific, but
+  Michael is Canonical's responsible for relationship with upstream. I've
+  worked with him before on a range of topics and I can testify part of his
+  work is generally useful to Debian.
+  
+Raising the stakes, Nick Skaggs has decided to propose a similar challenge:
+
+* for **every 5 Debian-tagged donations** to Nick's cause
+  ([WaterAid](http://www.wateraid.org/) -
+  [donate](http://www.justgiving.com/nicholasskaggs/Donate)) will **write a
+  manpage** for a Debian
+  [package that is in dire need of one](http://qa.debian.org/man-pages.html).
+
+Wanna take the challenge?
+
+And how about the other 4 horsemen? No challenges to the Debian community? Feel
+free to leave a comment and I'll update the list.
+
+[[!tag lang/english planet-debian draft ubuntu charity]]