Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Oct 2012 22:37 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Donating to software projects - or, more accurately, open source projects. It's hardly new, it's hardly rare, and I'm sure most of us have donated at some point. That's probably why Canonical has opened Ubuntu up for donations - but with a twist.
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One thing that often is missed is clarity on process, accountability and results. I'd rather Ubuntu give more details and say something along:
1) User donations are used as strong hints toward supporting certain piece of development.
2) Come join an Ubuntu Architect Advisory Board every month to discuss how the money will be spent and on what features, e.g. (A) take some of the money and offer upstream people to finance their work (say, give Thomas Bernard cash for developing miniupnpd and minissdpd); or (B) finance better integration of ubuntu apps within the eco system; or (C) hire somebody (say, Dave Taht) to fix bugs (e.g. Dave's work on Bufferbloat!), (D) ... you get the idea. We should know exactly HOW MUCH is granted TO WHOM, FOR WHAT, perhaps BY WHEN. Otherwise, this will be just a black hole for money and will not gain trust from users.
3) Produce reports. We need to know something along this.
In Q3 we've:
- donated 1500$ to various upstream people: John Doe (app X), Jane Doe (app Y) -- which allowed to deliver: IPv6 support in app X, fixed stability in app Y
- donated 700$ to various projects. They are: gcc, ... - the list of deliverables are: ...
- spent 500$ on hiring people to integrate apps you asked for
- left with 350$ which we're goint to reinvest into something else...

What do you think?

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