Mark Shuttleworth Offering Bounties to Mozilla Developers
Wednesday December 3rd, 2003
Mark Shuttleworth writes: "I'm offering some bounties to Mozilla developers that are looking for small projects to work on. All work to be given to the Mozilla Foundation. For details please see http://www.markshuttleworth.com/bounty.html and follow up with Thomas Black at The Shuttleworth Foundation. Most of them are for work on Thunderbird/Firebird, but if the fixes also apply to the Suite then so much the better."
#12 Re: Re: this is great
Friday December 5th, 2003 11:35 AM
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There are a number of approaches that can be taken to generating funding for fixing bugs of interest to the Mozilla user population.
The first is the model used by TransGaming for development of WineX. Basically people buy a subscription to the service. The subscribers then get to vote for what they want done next on a monthly basis. The top ranking games/features then are given a priority by TransGaming. See <http://www.transgaming.co…oting_reference_guide.php>
This answers the community desires for vote counts (previously bugzilla, but in this proposal a separate mozilla subscribers database) to actually mean something and it gives members of the community an incentive to support the Mozilla Foundation.
A second are the models similar to the efforts of the coSource or sourceXchange or the Free Software Bazaar. Each of these had slightly different mechanisms but the idea is that someone puts forward a proposal and developers can bid upon the work. This does have issues that would need to be worked out, but it is still early to give up on the idea completely. GNOME is experimenting with "bounties" to fund specific work items. See <http://www.gnome.org/bounties/>
As one of the leading open source projects, I would like to see the Mozilla Foundation try different options. Ideas that fail can be junked. Ideas that succeed (like Bugzilla and Bonsai) can then be picked up and used by other open source projects. I don't want the Mozilla Foundation to waste time but I do think that it should experiment with different ideas.
[Off Topic (OT): The automated use of multiple "Re: " prefixes by the MozillaZine software seems awkward. In general, there should be only one "Re: ".]