Where is FreeBSD going?
nick at rogness.net
Thu Jan 8 09:34:13 PST 2004
On Wed, 7 Jan 2004, Ryan Sommers wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-01-07 at 20:29, Nick Rogness wrote:
> > 1) Allow for paid development for a specific bug/feature
> > - Setup some program that allows users like myself to pay for a
> > developers time to fix a specific bug. The company I work for
> > would easily pay serious dollars to fix our SMP problems with 4.X.
> > Unfortunetly, getting someone's attention that has a great
> > understanding of the OS is hard to find without rude remarks and
> > what-not.
> > You could even extend it as far as saying we will promote this PR
> > to the top of the list of tasks if you pay us XX dollars. Or
> > maybe, the more you pay the higher you go.
> > This would reassure the user base that things CAN get done if
> > needed and also let the developer/bug fixer feel like they can
> > make money and have some fun. It will also bring in money for the
> > project as part of that money could go back into the Project.
> > You could easily setup a "pool" mailling list (like -requests)
> > which someone like myself would email a request with the problem
> > description (or PR). If a developer is interested in tackling the
> > problem for money, we could privately negotiate a price.
> > The same can be done for driver development and others. Make it a
> > "Donation for a specific request". I don't want to give money to
> > some Foundation where money can be thrown around in the wrong
> > areas. I want to pay the developer personally for their efforts.
> > ( I feel the same should be done with our taxes as well ;-)
> I really don't like the idea of making this a "policy," or even some
> official part of the project. I think this might discourage some from
> contributing in hopes to be paid for it. I think a better solution for
> companies looking for this would be to post to the jobs@ mailing list
> noting that it is a temp job.
The point was not to take away from contributing developers only
to pay someone who is familiar with the problem. I don't want to
have to hire someone that doesn't have a clue on the problem and
takes 6 months to even become familiar with a specific PR.
I don't see anything wrong with paying someone who is working on
my PR. Even it is a small amount. I'm not a company and can't
afford to hire a programmer to develop a driver for me
personally. However, if someone is working on a driver already
and is time contstrained, I would pay some money to help relieve
some of the time stress involved. I gave suggestions for keeping
developers happy and efficient. Money is the only REAL answer.
Perhaps this could be done through a company that contracts just
FreeBSD developers. I know of no such company. I guess I will
have to be satisfied with -jobs for now.
> I don't think giving priority to paying entities is a path the project
> should tread down. If someone needs FreeBSD developer work they should
> look for someone to hire. Something like this might also jeopardize the
> project's "not for profit" status. I think the jobs@ mailing list would
> be a better start. (I'm going to be looking for a full time job in about
> 11 months and if I got one where I got to code/administer BSD I'd feel I
> was in Heaven.) :-)
Nick Rogness <nick at rogness.net>
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