mikesol wrote:Yes the brainstorm, would be great. The resources would be focus in the more popular projects .
I completely agree
I can see this is something that has been looked at a little already. However here is another take on it, and it leads nicely from the previous post.
Donations, contributions or out and out paying for development.
Stay with me here. I know this is a very odd topic in a world of free and open source material. However money has its place in this world.
Projects, teams and even individuals would be very grateful of some monitory appreciation, however small. Also money is a good way of judging peoples interest in a development or implementation. From a developers point of view it would make the, perhaps otherwise mundane, interests of other users a little more appetising.
As a very simple modification to the brainstormer concept there could be a drop down with "If this was built or implemented
I would be happy to donate ( $1, $3, $5, $10,....$100,... ) to the development team or project."
Optionally email addresses could be collected and when the Suggestion/Request is ready then the developers could send out a simple email to the potential donators. It might say "Your requested application/feature is now implemented. If after trying it out you still feel like making your suggested donation then please go to ....... etc.)
After that there could be a "put you money where you mouth is
" pre development contribution option. Of course that get serious in terms of a website as you have to deal with the moneys (its the right word when dealing with numerous individual transactions
On top of that, in the event that the request was not implemented in a time frame (eg 12 moths) or to a very simple drop down speck level (ie. GUI interface and not terminal only. Or for Gnome specifically) then there may have to be a way for the donation to default to a secondary or already running project or even a refund.
The "Put your money where your mouth is" part is not an easy thing to set up, but once up and running such a thing could run its self to a large extent.
The first would not be so difficult to get going and might shine a little light in some dark corners too.
Some ideas I would consider donating for
You can extrapolate from my simple list below. It only takes a buzzing community like Linux Mint and you end up with some useful cash flow.
1)I would gladly donate $5 or $10 to the development of a stable, more feature rich power management tool for Gnome (Gloriea) running on my laptop. Hard Disk sleep time, Screen brightness and such. I dont want KDE but I want to get the most out of my battery.
2)The Screen brightness adjustment (from the Keyboard) increments in very small amounts and holding the button down wont make it move at all let alone go faster. Thats another $1 or $2 form me.
3) My laptop hard drive makes a noise thats probably not good when I move it.. !! I guess there is no movement detection implemented to park the hard drive head. Implementing that would extend the life of the drive quite a bit. Another $5 to $10 form me.
I'm getting picky here as I think Mint is really very cool and refreshing.
Its my 2 cents anyway.
I wonder if I'm going to get flamed to death now ! lol