Improving our integration with KDE application teams, and supporting companies

Alexander Neundorf neundorf at
Mon Aug 13 20:26:26 BST 2018

On 2018 M08 13, Mon 06:08:38 CEST Valorie Zimmerman wrote:
> Just to follow up: many people have talked about this topic with me at
> Akademy. What I'm not seeing is a public discussion here on the
> community list. Note: I deliberately did not send this to the e.V.
> list because this is not strictly an e.V. matter. I do believe that
> the e.V. should support and welcome companies, but NOT hire
> programmers.
> I'm very frustrated to hear "but the e.V. should not hire developers"
> said so often when that was not proposed.
> Can we please discuss how we can best encourage companies and
> foundations to grow up within the KDE community? I believe such
> companies will support our work if we in turn support them. Our young
> developers will be able to look forward to working in Free software
> and even to contribute to the KDE codebase and other efforts! 

I think that would be great.
Are there realistic business models how to make (some) money by working on 
"KDE" software so th income stream is reliable enough to pay salaries every 
month ?

Back in 2005 or so it seemed all that would be possible, but that bubble burst 


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