Donations in kde bug tracking system

daniel dan at
Fri Jul 5 20:03:26 BST 2002

i personally don't like the idea of money mixing with OpenSource concepts.
money has the long-standing tratition of tainting things with greed and
impeding progress/innovation and the foundation of free software is exactly
that: free.  developers have to be free to work on whichever project they
think deserves their attention, not pushed into a project by the tasty
reward offered.

if financial rewards are suddenly available, you invite all the evils that
come with the concept of monetary exchange for services rendered, rather
than operating the OpenSource movement on something more /open/ to
innovation: the need for free, stable and powerful software.

my 2cents.

daniel a. g. quinn
starving programmer

it must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more
doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage, than the creation of a
new system.  for the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the
preservation of the old institutions and merely the lukewarm defenders in
those who would gain by the new ones.
 - machiavelli

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 05, 2002 7:17 AM
Subject: [kde] Donations in kde bug tracking system

I thought it could be cool if users could donate money to have a bug or
feature done.

My idea is that when I see a bug or feature I am interested in getting fixed
or implemented, I can donate money to it. Several people might donate money
to the same bug, in which case the money will pile up. Once the bug is
fixed, the money will go to the developer(s) that fixed it. The hard part
would be deciding if the bug is really fixed and who is responsible for the
fix. I think something like "if 5 developers agree, then the money goes to
x" could work.

This would partially address one complaint I saw on an article somewhere
about kde developers not paying attention to users. Also this would give
something in return to the developers for their work.

Also, I think this should be advertised to get as many users as possible to
donate money.

PD. Thanks for your great work.

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