[Ardour-Dev] Licensing and enforced payments

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at stackingdwarves.net
Thu Jan 22 15:42:58 PST 2009

John Emmas wrote:
> 2)  Anyone who contributes to Ardour by some other means - either 
> financially or technically (devs / beta testers / translators or
> whatever) would be exempt.
> In effect, the only people who'd pay would be those who Patrick
> referred to (perhaps harshly) as the "free loaders";  the people who
> want the latest whizzes and bangs but who don't have the skills or
> the time or the inclination to contribute in making them happen.
> This would be their way of making a contribution so that those who DO
> have the skills, the time and the inclination might get at least get
> some help in making ends meet, in exchange for their participation.

john, such "freeloaders" who want the latest whizzes and bangs are
called "beta testers". they are priceless, even if they don't contribute
code, because they will find bugs and are strongly motivated to test fixes.
generally, svn users are *much* more fun to deal with for developers
than release users, and the break-fix-update-test cycle is a lot more

so the only truly productive "fee" that i could imagine is for people
who download a binary release without having compiled at least one svn
version before ;)


Jörn Nettingsmeier

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