[Ardour-Users] Could this solve Ardour's financial headache?
blaqkls at gmail.com
Wed Jan 14 07:09:54 PST 2009
For me I can't donate because I don't have a job and no way to donate
over the Internet(no bank acount). I use Ardour for music production/
mixing, soundtrack mixing, and sound design.
All of which I do in my spare time, which I don't have a lot of. I'm
18 years old still in high school, and if could donate I would.
Ardour is awesome! Keep up the good work!
On Jan 14, 2009, at 5:07 AM, "John Emmas" <johne53 at tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Patrick Shirkey"
> Subject: Re: [Ardour-Users] Could this solve Ardour's financial
>> There is lots of discussion but not much consensus. I definitely
>> get the
>> impression that a large number of people don't actually want to see
>> funding succeed.
> As the person who started off this thread, I'm dismayed by the above
> comment - and yet I feel bound to admit that it's exactly the same
> conclusion I was coming to myself. One or two people have posted here
> to say they're already contributing financially - but if my
> observations are
> anything to go by, for the majority, the only funding model they
> want to see
> succeed is a model where somebody else ends up paying.
> One thing that's becoming clear is that any open source project
> needs a
> critical mass of users below which, it cannot be sustained
> (financially) by
> small, voluntary contributions alone. This leaves 5 options I think:-
> 1) Accept the situation and plough on regardless (i.e. hope that your
> project wlll "grow out of" the problem and achieve critical mass).
> 2) Use whatever donations exist to promote market awareness of the
> project in the hope that critical mass will follow.
> 3) Find a sponsor (or sponsors) with deep enough pockets to reduce
> the reliance on small, personal donations.
> 4) Arrange the project so that at least some element of it is only
> available after payment of a fee.
> 5) Charge for some kind of ancillary service, such as technical
> (IMHO, only viable where the project has corporate clients).
> Just out of interest, can anyone point to a small open-source project
> (comparable in size with Ardour) that's succeeding in raising funds
> that ISN'T struggling?) If anything comparable exists, it might
> provide us
> with some further ideas for ways that could work for Ardour.
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