[Ardour-Users] subscription support down, your ideas sought
seablaede at gmail.com
Thu May 15 07:50:40 PDT 2008
On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 1:57 AM, Patrick Shirkey <pshirkey at boosthardware.com>
> From here it seems as though the above and the post from Thomas are already
> being done by Paul. He is obviously managing a team of programmers and IIUC
> has made financial contributions to them in the past including a dev
> conference which he hosted a couple of years back.
> I think Paul is doing an excellent job of managing the project and keeping
> his paying contributors happy with his release schedule.
Just to clarify, what i was referring to was not managing the project
itself, but managing the expectations of those outside the project, which is
an entirely different thing at times, and the reason PR departments exist in
some cases. Obviously a paid PR department is outside the scope of what
Ardour can handle, so it has to fall back on the project participants as
well in some cases. I am not saying that Paul is doing a bad job of this
either at the moment, I am not sure I have an opinion one way or the other
on this, but what I was saying was that in the hypothetical situations I
posted it would become even more important and troublesome.
Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> > IMO the freeloaders who use ardour and don't contribute back to the
> > community are ripping all the rest of us off who enable them to use
> > the software.
> That sounds quite the opposite of the spirit of *free* (in both senses),
> open-source software. There may be a risk of alienating the majority of
> Ardour's user base in order to please the major sponsors. Some developers
> might be unhappy too.
I tend to agree with this. I personally reccomend this software to many
people to try BECAUSE it is free. I will encourage to donate as well if I
know they start using it on a regular basis, but I am personally of the
opinion that guilt trips etc. are not the answer. My personal opinion is
that rewarding those that subscribe rather than punishing those that don't
would be the better answer.
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