Re: bounties?

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Just a short note on the success of bounties. The Anjuta Project
(, list is not completely up-to-date) put bounties
of overall about 4000$ in place about two years ago. Only about half of
those have been worked on since and the biggest part was done by already
active developers who had done some patches in the area where the bounty
appeared before.

So as a conclusion for us, I would say that bounties keep people
motivated but they don't bring too many new developers & constributers
to a project. I can't of course say how that would work in the whole
GNOME project.


Tristan Van Berkom schrieb:
> On Nov 6, 2007 7:26 PM, Quim Gil <qgil gnome org> wrote:
>> On 11/6/07, Dr. Michael J. Chudobiak <mjc avtechpulse com> wrote:
>>> I guess it's no surprise that money and free/open software have a
>>> delicate relationship...
>> I have been putting it in this way:
>> The connection between free software development and money compares to
>> the connection between friendship and sex: you can build a consistent
>> relationship starting as friends or lovers and continuing that way,
>> but if you jump for once to the other side you will probably mess up
>> everything.
> Interesting way of putting it, we wouldnt ever want patches to be rushed
> in because of cash incentives, this is indeed risky - on the other hand I dont
> see why there shouldnt be some external distributed firm of developers
> working on a bounty system that is only remotely related to gnome (and
> why not X, the Linux kernel as well) - a bounty hunter could be responsible
> for writing the code and getting it approved by the appropriate maintainer
> or reporting back to the firm why it wasnt accepted by a said gnome maintainer.
> I'm sure alot of us myself included would like to spend more time working on
> free software if we could only afford it...
> Cheers,
>                  -Tristan
> PS: please excuse double post if you recieve twice as the first bounced
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