[kde-community] Does KDE attempt to attract experienced contributors?

Laszlo Papp lpapp at kde.org
Fri May 13 11:06:18 BST 2016

On Fri, May 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Eike Hein <hein at kde.org> wrote:

> On 05/13/2016 06:50 PM, Laszlo Papp wrote:
>> I do not mean to drag KDE experts away, but it seems that freelancing
>> platforms have become more and more common. Also, many hobby software
>> projects have undergone some business path. These generally include lots
>> of FOSS project opportunities these days in my observation, so yeah, the
>> question is this really: why would you choose working for free rather
>> doing something similarly interesting for money and probably also with
>> other experienced engineers?
> The answer to this has been the same from the very start: Because you
> think free software matters.

I apologise if I had not expressed myself correctly. I do mean working on
some free software for money compared to working on KDE free software for
free. So, free software does matter, yet you can get (potentially
well-)paid in return elsewhere.

> The way to increase the number of people who do is to explain and
> demonstrate why and that it does. We do that by making stuff and
> communicating about it, as well as commenting on the world around
> us.
> To keep reflecting on this - the very core of what kde.org and similar
> organizations are about - is a Very Good Thing, but of course it's not
> a new question or answer.
> So it's more about doing it effectively and efficiently :-)
> Cheers,
> Eike
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