[kde-community] KDE fundraisers and things we've learned

Jaroslaw Staniek staniek at kde.org
Tue Dec 23 21:32:50 GMT 2014

On 23 December 2014 at 21:45, Boudewijn Rempt <boud at valdyas.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Dec 2014, Jaroslaw Staniek wrote:
>> We had opportunity to learn about the positive example of Krita. I
>> don't extrapolate to other projects. Fundraising for *single*
>> sub-project is a part time job alone or two, with incredibly
>> intelligent people knowing the domain (art), with project's brand
>> present at conference booths.
>> Most likely for large apps we need business partners for that to
>> happen (Krita had one), to get them we need ability to align to their
>> needs, whatever that means in every specific case.
> Well, KO GmbH wasn't involved with the Krita fundraiser at all -- that was
> purely a volunteer effort in the Krita community. When we're out of the 2.9
> crunch, we'll have to do another one, work on that will start in January,
> and we really should go live with it in March.

Strictly speaking, true, but what I mean: KO in this case were the
enablers. Krita was a quite widely used and finished app prior to the
fundraising efforts.

So risks of Catch-22 situations like these were reduced:
[User] I'll start using your product and maybe even support you if you
a add feature FOO;
[Dev] We have this fundraising exactly for the feature FOO.
[User] -EINVAL

> The topics will be animation, osx, python scripting and making krita faster
> than photoshop, I expect.

Cool to see this phase...

regards, Jaroslaw Staniek

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