Perhaps I should rephrase the question - would it be a problem if I were somehow funded to spend time working on FreeCAD?
I understand the concerns regarding setting out specific goals in advance, am just hesitant to put much effort into that model right off the bat. Given the fairly small amount of money involved ($15NZD/hr * 2 months is under $3500 euro), it wouldn't surprise me if I could get an indiegogo/kickstarter-type campaign funded. Fun experiment anyways.
I'm sorry you find yourself between jobs. IIRC you did a stint on an Antartic base last year?
Thanks for the sympathy, it's my own doing and not really a bad thing anyway. You're right about the Antarctic contract, I'm just being somewhat picky about what I do next
. The city I'm living in (Dunedin, New Zealand) doesn't have a lot of EE work, so will have to either do my own thing or wait until a good opportunity comes up. There are some interesting possibilities on the horizon, but the positions won't open for a month or two. Lifestyle decision I guess, and I've got other [less fun sounding] options in the short term.
What exactly are you referring to as FreeCAD merchandise?
Cafepress-type stuff, which I could do some designs for.
Situation A: "Would you buy this cool FreeCAD T-Shirt for $30? Proceeds go to paying a developer!"
Situation B: "Would you pay me $30 to fix FreeCAD issue 123981202?"
My bet is that "Situation A" would generate a lot more money. FreeCAD doesn't currently appear open to monetary donations, but if I suddenly started receiving some amount of money for selling things with the FreeCAD logo, maybe people in the community wouldn't like that? -Ian-