04/02/2010, 04:28 PM
Donations are a good incentive to do stuff like this, yes. Donations show that people are still interested and care enough about the application to put their money where their mouth is. Notice how a $100 donation got things rolling again on fixing Terminal. It's not that the developers haven't been working hard trying to fix it, but a donation crystallises the focus on which apps are most important to the users and therefore deserve the biggest share of the tiny amount of free time that developers have for these things.
Originally Posted by xtn
I've always said that open source developers donate massive amounts of their time, so the users of open source software should either also donate their time (e.g. by creating documentation, or FAQs, or Troubleshooting Guides, or even just helping to answer questions on the forums), or if they can't find a way to donate their time and have the means to do so, they should donate cash.
Note that in WebOS Internals, all the donations go back into things that benefit the community, like our new server, or hosting fees, or development devices for core developers so they don't need to use their main phone for testing, or for buying apps required for testing (e.g. for Save/Restore application support). So the developers actually never really get reimbursed for the massive amounts of time that they spend on this stuff, but at least they have top-class infrastructure for use in development (and the same top-class infrastructure drives the package feeds that benefit all the users too). This policy also avoids developers arguing over what share each person should get of the donations, cause the donations all go into common things that benefit all the developers equally.