boud at valdyas.org
Sun Sep 26 15:57:55 CEST 2010
On Sunday 26 September 2010, LukasT.dev at gmail.com wrote:
> Thanks to Silvio Grosso, I and Dmitry have been and (are still being) very
> generously sponsored, but that will come to an end and there's always more
> that we can do, and maybe more people are interested in sponsoring the
> development of Krita. Let's give them inspiration :)
Yes, after all the business for 2.3, we need to engage the community again. After the release, I am confident that we will start building a user base that can grow enough that we can have a steady stream of small, individual donations.
And I am not at all averse to using that to sponsor students working on Krita :-). The past period has been proof enough that this works for our project.
> So far we have a donate button. I don't know how much it is used or what is
> the status of the donations from it.
Not significantly in the past couple of months. But we haven't made a lot of noise about it, nor did we have a good, new story to tell.
> But I suppose that not much money yet.
> My idea is to prepare some page describing what Krita community need
Good idea: and when that is done, we must publicize it. Maybe add a voting button to it, that always helps. Like:
"User-readiness achievede, mission accomplished! What do you want next:"
* I will donate money to get Krita on Windows
* I will donate money for a really comprehensive manual
* I will donate money for a slap-up dinner for the Krita team at their next sprint
I'm sure Kubuntiac can make our website vote-enabled :-).
> There are various areas we could mention in the page:
> o Google Summer Of Code 2011
> Could happen for Krita, could not of course.
> We need some list of proposals - what can be done as GSoC, does not
> have to be sponsored from community. Of course with risk that GSoC does not
> have to happen.
> o Thesis for universities
> I did thesis for Krita and I think it was really interesting.
> Let's prepare possible thesis and bachelour topics and who is willing to
> mentor on those topics. They might have some "research" aims.
> I have some friends who can help me in my university. Some Krita hackers
> might be interested too in thesis about Krita maybe? Or maybe you have
> contacts for teachers who would be interested.
Could you ping your university as well? I haven't heard back from them.
> We already have nice page here
> o Community sponsored projects
> Windows installer, manual. We could discuss what are your ideas. What
> could be sponsored etc.
* Manual. We have some money reserved for editing it, but I haven't written the text yet. A manual really is important, but the problem is that our core features changed too much in the past months!
* Windows compatibility. This is technically tricky, but I want to make it a focus point for the 2.4 release. There are still quite a few windows users left, it seems, and not being on Windows feels to me sort of not daring to compete for real.
> o Krita foundation
> boud plan to setup this one. I think we are interested to know how it will
> work. We could leave this point to the sprint probably.
This doesn't cost very much, and I might even pay for it out of my own pockets if we can use the money we have for development, though I would prefer not to, of course! We wouldn't need this if the KDE e.V. could handle our project's needs, but they can't, and I am very uncomfortable with having the funds in my personal bank account.
> My idea is to have an IRC meeting about various projects (or we can discuss
> this at Krita sprint, but that will be little late), who would like to work as
> sponsored developer and what kind of forms it can have (full time, part
> time,..). Any related questions will be answered. All community members will
> be invited.
> What do you think about it?
I think that's a very good idea. How about Thursday night, 21:00 CET? I will be away for three days starting tomorrow.
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