We write today wishing you all a happy GNU year and to announce a great milestone for the Trisquel GNU/Linux project.
A couple of months ago, we were honored as one of the recipients of the Handshake Free and Open Source Software Community Grant, an amazing initiative of the Handshake Project which means that the Trisquel Association received an USD 100.000 donation.
These funds come from the contributions received by the Handshake project from their sponsors, which were pledged to be distributed among Free and Open Source Software projects and come with no strings attached. For those who are new to the Handshake project, you can read more here about this amazing alternative to the role of Certificate Authorities in the DNS protocol which makes the root zone (and hence the whole system) uncensorable, permisionless and free of gatekeepers.
We've decided to begin to use these funds along with those from the many and very generous donations of our community to provide a couple of paid positions to long-time members of the project: its founder and main developer Ruben Rodriguez and the websites and community lead David Rodriguez.
The details of time dedication and salary are not yet finalized but will be published here once we start with this new phase. Providing these paid positions will allow us to focus more consistently on the tasks that we've been working on through all these years, get up-to-speed with other long-neglected ones and also to realistically take on loftier goals.
We'll inform here about any advances to this plan and we'll make sure to take accountability seriously and give more frequent status updates, both through this blog and at the Freedom Fridays IRC meetings.
Here's to a wonderful 2019 full of advances and new milestones!