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

Stephen Kelly steveire at gmail.com
Fri May 13 17:16:46 BST 2016

Thomas Pfeiffer wrote:

> On Freitag, 13. Mai 2016 11:06:18 CEST Laszlo Papp wrote:
>> 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.
> Here is my perspective on this:
> I don't know the actual relative numbers, but many of the commercially

The topic of money is quite narrow, and money attracts people regardless of 
whether they have experience.

I'm looking for broader thoughts on the topic of the thread. If you wish, 
re-read my original mail, but with the constraint that we're talking about 
'volunteer/free-time' development.



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