There are some discussions in the community about fundamental issues of nixpkgs, lack of maintenance in some parts of it, security concerns, issues with releases etc
There are a lot of disagreements on what is the best way to approach each of this, but at the end of the day someone is gonna have to do the job, and sometimes it requires a lot of resources.
In my opinion the best way for community to approach this is to delegate implementation of resource intensive solutions to a full time workers(members of the community ofc)
Which means nixos project needs to focus on it’s finances, more importantly income(donations)
There should be an estimate of the costs of planned projects and goals per project and monthly and all of that should be regularly seen by an average member of community, therefor advertised to them.
People prefer to donate to a specific goal so most pressing issues can be presented as a reason to donate to the project and therefor solve issues.
It’s ok to ask for donations on every occasion:
- there are some educational videos on youtube, they could include an ad to donate to nixos project, so maybe active nix youtubers could be contacted and asked to do that in the future(possibly with optional affiliation links to incentivize participants to do that)
- github issues could have a pinned issue with invitation to donate
- discourse could have an ad banner with information about donations and donation goal
I post it in Marketing category because it’s mostly about advertisement