A word on funding,
its a hard topic.
Basically our little venture has two cost factors (so to say). The platform we use (sf.net) and the programmers and community members donate their time.
The first expense is at the moment 0, cause sf.net offers its platform (and most notably download pipes) for free. But
if that change or we forced on a different platform (self hosting), we could need money to run that platform (servers, download bytes).
The other expense is harder. Most people donating its time to the FreeCAD project, are paid by companies for their day to day work.
The do FreeCAD for fun and to work together toward something desperately needed (FOSS 3d CAD) and for the appreciation.
If you put our work into numbers ( http://www.ohloh.net/p/freecad/estimated_cost
) its a tremendous amount of money.
So if we would have income, how to split it!? You could only do wrong! If we are vital in the future for the big players. Maybe
Airbus build the 381 with FreeCAD
, maybe the main developer get hired. But till then I think we live it as hobbyist.
And, I don't like support contracts! That means to devote you to the opinion of your paying percent, not doing you think is right for all.
OCC shows how that work out. Your piss your community!
But thats my opinion! I would like to hear different opinions!