[Ardour-Users] Could this solve Ardour's financial headache?

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 10:30:36 PST 2009

I have to vote no on this one as well.  ONe of the basic premises to me of
open source development is that anyone can submit a patch to fix a bug in
SVN.   Plus i know on occasion that it has saved meas I could fix a bug
easily and move on to get work done, or Paul could send me a patch to test
to see if it fixes a bug.

Aside from philosophical reasons  that I disagree, there is a large
technical reason I believe, unless Paul has found a way around this with
them.  And that is the host involved.  Doing what you suggest would require
one of two things...  One either a single username and password for svn read
access, or individual usernames and passwords created for each person, which
there isn't an automated way of doing so at the host to my knowledge, or
keeping track of them.


On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 1:25 PM, John Emmas <johne53 at tiscali.co.uk> wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Kevin Cosgrove"
> Subject: Re: [Ardour-Users] Could this solve Ardour's financial headache?
>> I also vote no, if my opinion counts at all.  We need more
>> subscribers.
>>  No-one can argue with that, Kevin - the problem is that nobody has yet
> come
> up with a (workable) idea for getting them....  :-)
>> I've seen a bounty system in mantis.  I didn't dig into that much,
>> but I suspect it's a way to pay to escalate a feature request or bug
>> fix.  That's attractive to me, and seems like a smaller scale of
>> company support.
>>  Again, there's a fundamental problem - it's not working..!  It's pretty
> clear to me that the best time to ask people for money is at the outset.
> People who've been used to NOT paying for something are rarely receptive to
> paying for it later.  OTOH if the software is supposedly "free" then there
> has to be a way of getting it for free (source code and binaries).  But if
> there's a more convenient way to get the latest source code on a daily
> basis, I don't think it's unreasonable to ask people for a contribution
> (e.g. a registration fee when they sign up for it).  Maybe the registration
> fee could be voluntary - although I doubt that many people would volunteer
> to pay it....  :-(
> John
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