Thank you for your help!

Stephan Arts stephan at
Fri Sep 12 11:34:29 CEST 2008

On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 11:24 AM, Vincent <mailinglists at> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 10:39 AM, Enrico Tröger <enrico.troeger at>
> wrote:
>> > I believe the bounty system to be something nice to use the donations.
>> > Anjuta guys are getting some good progress using it (see their symbol
>> > browser plugin). After all, the thing we want most is a better
>> > Xfce :-) I know some people that could reeeaaaally get "inspired" to
>> > contribute if he got some money (even if its only 50 bucks) :-P
>> I don't like this.
>> IMO it destroys partly the idea of OSS. Not completely as long as the
>> resulting code is still under a free licence but I'd always liked the
>> idea that people are writing code because they want to, because they
>> like to write this code not because someone paid for it.
>> This is what most of us have in the professional life.
>> In other words, IMO it's most often better to get code written because
>> the author needs it or wants it and so he is writing the code with more
>> passion than as he would just write the code to get it written.
> On the other hand, it makes for a fine view of what features the users would
> actually like to have, and be a good motivation to actually work on those,
> making Xfce better, attracting more users and perhaps more developers. Plus,
> I don't think there will be that many people that will start working on
> stuff just for the money (I don't expect the bounties to be that high
> anyway) - just look at it as a nice extra for the developers ;-)
> Alternatively, you could set up a bounty system where the bounty would not
> go to the developer that implements it, but to the Xfce project as a whole.
> That way, the motivation would still be to make Xfce better, there are the
> advantages mentioned above and brings in some money for Xfce that could be
> used for goals mentioned above :).

Samuel already uses a bounty-system, he donates beer-crates for
features he'd really like. ^_~


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