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

Grammostola Rosea rosea.grammostola at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 11:49:17 PST 2009

Grammostola Rosea wrote:
> Thomas Vecchione wrote:
>> 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.
>>         Seablade
>> On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 1:25 PM, John Emmas <johne53 at tiscali.co.uk 
>> <mailto: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
> I also thought about such a concept to raise money, but I do not thing 
> this is the good moment for it. There must be others ways which 'we' 
> haven't tried.
> Take a look at what Linux Mint does to raise money www.linuxmint.com 
> check the forum and blog for example... that could be an idea for ardour.
> I also think, midi support will cause a boost for Ardour especially 
> for the Mac people...
Also more activity on forums with other proprietary software like KVR 
audio etc. could help telling the world about Ardour. You could even 
start a Ardour subforum at KVR...


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