[Ardour-Dev] Funding: Build and Sell Hardware

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Thu Jan 22 21:30:29 PST 2009

Quentin Harley wrote:
> Patrick Shirkey wrote:
>> Mark Knecht wrote:
>>> Just an idea how we non-developers could work together to provide some
>>> value to future users.
>> A very valuable idea.
> In my experience the hardest part of getting a successful Linux 
> centric Ardour DAW off the ground it to get the hardware right.  I 
> spent almost 6 months planning my system, and still had some issues 
> when I booted my brand new system up the first time.
> Just as the software developers contribute by spending their time and 
> knowledge, and the testers by supplying the developers with 
> interesting bugs to squash, the users can share their knowledge and 
> experience to get affordable and reliable studio worthy systems in the 
> hands of people that would rather pay someone to prevent down-time - 
> (It took me more than 6 months fidling and purchasing various hardware 
> combinations to get decent performance out of my linux system...  It 
> flies now though!)

A paid list with expedited and unwavering support would appeal to some 
people and make this viable. If it was paid for then it would not 
distract from the existing open locations to get support.

I think it would be most appropriate to host it at Ardour.org in order 
to keep things focused on the goal.

Support "staff" could get sommissions for each ticket responded and 
approved as helpful. Donations for time could also be encouraged on top 
of the membership fee.

We could have a yearly fee, a one time fee and a monthly fee.

Sounds like a plan...

Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd.

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