Thank you for your help!

Enrico Tröger enrico.troeger at
Fri Sep 12 12:29:38 CEST 2008

On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 11:24:13 +0200, Vincent <mailinglists at>

> 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 ;-)

Yes, it heavily depends on the amount of 'tasks'. If these would be two
to four a year, there is probably no problem, if these are ten a month,
things might getting worse.
But it's just my personal opinion and I might be wrong. Probably it's
worth to just try it.

> 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 :).

That sounds much better, I actually like this idea and it prevents most
of my concerns I mentioned in my last mail and it would still encourage
users to donate to their favourite desktop environment to get it even
better :).


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