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Subject: Re: Proposal for Bounty to get Linux & Rockbox ported to the iPod Nano 4G and 5G

Re: Proposal for Bounty to get Linux & Rockbox ported to the iPod Nano 4G and 5G

From: Alex Parker <>
Date: Sat, 01 May 2010 10:28:17 +0200

On 01/05/10 10:20, Daniel Stenberg wrote:
> On Sat, 1 May 2010, Thomas Martitz wrote:
>> Not all. I think boundy/paid work is a good way to get stuff actually
>> done in the FOSS world since otherwise work will only be done on a
>> "yea, in this moment I'm concerned about this, but maybe not anymore
>> next week" - if at all. People getting paid to work on FOSS is not too
>> uncommon so I would appreciate if such statements wouldn't be made on
>> behalf of a project.
> (We don't have anyone who speaks on the behalf of the project, and I
> think people in this thread have clarified that they speak for
> themselves. I too speak only for myself.)
> People getting paid in FOSS is very common. Bounty-schemes that works
> out fine is rare.
> It's basically fine if person A pays person B to do something for FOSS,
> as that's a business deal like any other.
> When you go "bounty" there's suddenly a race, and there's suddendly a
> situation where the winner takes it all. It makes it an individual act
> to get the money rather that to help the project. You may take
> shortcuts, ignore problems and more, just to be able to claim the money.
> If you don't, perhaps your competitors do? No, a bounty is a tricky
> thing to work out right IMHO.
> I really recommend everyone to read here =>
>> I like the idea of bounties, because it still works good together with
>> the open source idea.
> I disagree. Bounties are very hard to make work in the open source
> spirit. I believe it _can_ be done, but it's not easy.

Thank you for encapsulating what I was trying to say in a more eloquent
way :)

Received on 2010-05-01

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