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About funding and all that

Postby yorik » Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:56 pm

Interesting read: https://krita.org/item/funding-krita/

Some people asked me about a "donate" button, there was one on the sourceforge page, that linked to Jürgen's paypal account I think. We could place that button on the freecadweb homepage, no?

In any case, the money question is becoming recurrent... More and more people are wanting to pay... Maybe it is time to think of good uses we could do with money? There is also the problem of organizing this, I suppose if you begin to gather a significative amount of money, you need a kind of structure (foundation, etc...) I have no idea of how much effort and work is needed to put in setting up and maintaining a foundation...
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Re: About funding and all that

Postby PrzemoF » Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:37 pm

Good idea - i.e. the server doesn't pay for itself usually

I'd keep it as a one-person fund unless there is too much money (rarely a problem :D ).

I'm thinking maybe there are some "umbrella" foundations for open source projects? Maybe http://www.fsf.org could help...

Interesting article: http://lwn.net/Articles/561336/
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Re: About funding and all that

Postby yorik » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:02 pm

Interesting article indeed... It doesn't make the adventure very appetizing...
I heard a couple of nightmarish stories about the big umbrella foundations, such as beings forced to hand over the copyright to them...
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Re: About funding and all that

Postby Jee-Bee » Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:02 am

yorik wrote:I heard a couple of nightmarish stories about the big umbrella foundations, such as beings forced to hand over the copyright to them..
Sony :lol:
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Re: About funding and all that

Postby PrzemoF » Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:13 am

yorik wrote:Interesting article indeed... It doesn't make the adventure very appetizing...
I heard a couple of nightmarish stories about the big umbrella foundations, such as beings forced to hand over the copyright to them...
Sounds awful... I'd stick with a one person fund unless there are tax implications for him/her.
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Re: About funding and all that

Postby jmaustpc » Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:58 am

yorik wrote:In any case, the money question is becoming recurrent... More and more people are wanting to pay... Maybe it is time to think of good uses we could do with money?
Very approximately, what sort of amount of money, over what typical period, are we talking about?
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Re: About funding and all that

Postby mandersson » Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:40 pm

Would it be feasible to cooperate with the document foundation?Maybe let them run the founding and juridic part and then a steering group of the core developers would assign the money to projects of their choice.The document foundation is based in Germany an if i am not wrong FreeCAD has its roots in Germany...
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Re: About funding and all that

Postby yorik » Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:19 pm

jmaustpc wrote:Very approximately, what sort of amount of money, over what typical period, are we talking about?
I have no idea, actually. Just that a lot of people are asking about it
mandersson wrote:Would it be feasible to cooperate with the document foundation?
Maybe... In any case it's one more idea. It's good to gather all of them here.

I'm also thinking that for now it's better to leave things as they are. But let's keep thinking.
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Re: About funding and all that

Postby PrzemoF » Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:34 pm

Maybe it's worth to fire them an email and ask for advice? FreeCAD isn't a small project and it fits perfectly in TDF manifesto..

https://www.documentfoundation.org/contact/
https://www.documentfoundation.org/foundation/
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Re: About funding and all that

Postby yorik » Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:19 pm

PrzemoF wrote:Maybe it's worth to fire them an email and ask for advice?
Yes, that cannot harm anyway.

Another idea comes to my mind, but I'm really not sure how worth it is: Bitcoin. With bitcoin, we could have an account that is not tied to anybody personnally... Of course it has its problems too I suppose. But it might be worth looking at it too. Anyone has some experience with bitcoin?