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  • timothyja
    started a topic Sponsor An Open Source Driver Dev For a $1 a Day???

    Sponsor An Open Source Driver Dev For a $1 a Day???

    Hi All,
    I wanted to get some feedback on something I?ve been contemplating recently. With places like Kickstarter showing the power of crowdsourcing for funding I can?t stop thinking about the possibility of getting the masses behind the accelerated development of the open source Linux graphics drivers. I understand that this is a little different from funding a game where the users are willing to pay for something they might purchase anyway, but I think this is something the linux community would be willing to get behind, the fact that linux users pay more for Humble bundles is proof they are willing to do just a little bit more if they think it will help support their beloved OS.

    The idea:
    My idea is fairly simple at its core, to take a sponsorship approach to hire (a) programmer(s) to work on the open source graphics effort. A sponsor (you or me) would first pledge an amount starting from a minimum of $10 to get the project rolling and then pledge to continually sponsor the project with (automated) weekly donations minimum of $1 (that could be unsubscribed to at any time). The project would kick off once there is 10,000 sponsors (or a monetary target has been met) as this should be enough to employ one developer for a year. If 10,000 people support the project for 1 year at the minimum of $1 a week (or 5,000 at $2) we will have acquired $520,000 enough to possibly hire as many as 5 developers.
    Developers could be hired over odesk.com or via a company such as www.intelligraphics.com or through applications (open to ideas)
    Development:
    To make the project applicable to as many people?s needs as possible the development work would start with the implementation of more OpenGL functionality in Mesa as this would benefit all the open source drivers. Afterwards development could be based on sponsors preferences.

    Justification:
    I?m hoping most Phoronix readers won?t need much of an explanation of why open source drivers are a good thing but this is something that will need to be expanded on if the idea is to grow, so welcome feedback here.
    One interesting read on the Linux Foundations website: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publi...graphics-essay

    Hype:
    For this to be successful there needs to be a good hype around it e.g a good website explaining the details of the plan why it?s considered necessary etc.
    Also it would need to be broadcast on all major Linux news websites:
    www.phoronix.com, www.omgubuntu.co.uk, www.ubuntuvibes.com just to get the list started.

    Feedback:
    Anyway that?s the gist of my idea. I?m looking for feedback so that I can document more ideas around the subject and possibly put together a more complete proposal.

  • tarceri
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    For those interested I've been brain storming and have come up with a couple of alternative ways to help support my independent Mesa/piglit work without requiring you to spend any extra money. See my blog post for more information if you are interested: http://www.itsqueeze.com/2013/12/ind...funding-model/

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  • alanc
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    Originally posted by ayandon View Post
    Timothy, can you please setup a Google AdSense in your website.
    Then I/We can click it twice of more every days.
    You can get atleast $1 everyday from each of us.
    Until Google either spots this post in their web crawling or detects the same people clicking every day and deletes the account for click fraud, refusing to pay any money for it.

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  • ayandon
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    A Suggestion to Tarceri

    I would love to contribute ($10 to $50) but I don't have any Credit card.
    I have a Debit Card which doesn't support International Payment nor PayPal.

    Timothy, can you please setup a Google AdSense in your website.

    Then I/We can click it twice of more every days.
    You can get atleast $1 everyday from each of us.

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  • tarceri
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    Originally posted by Micket View Post
    I would like to contribute, but I'm not really too found of PayPal.
    There have been others with paypal concerns. I dont really have an answer but is something I would consider more before picking a crowdfunding site for any other campaign. All I can suggest is you get someone you know with a paypal account to contribute on your behalf.

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  • Micket
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    I would like to contribute, but I'm not really too found of PayPal.

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  • tarceri
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    Originally posted by Deb6orah View Post
    I'd be interested in supporting it.
    I guess its my fault for any misunderstandings since I brought this old thread back to life but if you are interested I have started a small campaign to contribute to Mesa see: http://igg.me/p/475220/x/2053460

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  • bridgman
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    Originally posted by Deb6orah View Post
    I'd be interested in supporting it.
    It would be great to see spambots contribute to development for a change

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  • Deb6orah
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    I'd be interested in supporting it.

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  • tarceri
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    Originally posted by Kamikaze View Post
    Hi mate,

    Great work, and I'll pledge shortly. I think it would be a good idea to get the word out there a bit more for this project. You should post this on the linux subreddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/linux or do you mind if I do? I think you'll find a lot more interest if your project isn't hidden in the Xth post on a phoronix forum!
    I tried signing up to reddit but it keeped giving me an error. Will try again tomorrow or later tonight if I get a chance.

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