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    Default Sponsoring Open-Source Drivers For $1 Per Day?

    Phoronix: Sponsoring Open-Source Drivers For $1 Per Day?

    An idea is being kicked around within the forums about sponsoring open-source driver development for one dollar per day...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTEyNDU

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    I'd definately sponsor a dev right away.

    Fixed 1$ a day is not a good idea though. It should be _at least_ 1$ while encouraging people and companies to donate a lot more.

    Hey, even I would pay a dollar a day and I'M TOTALLY BROKE

    A system where your level of contibution gets you symbolic awards would probably encourage donations, something like

    1$/Day = mention in a source comment
    5$/Day = mention in a Readme
    10$/Day = you get to be included in an ascii art gallery distributed with the source

    Never underestimate what people are willing to pay for shameless self promotion

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    Default What about Mesa ?

    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: Sponsoring Open-Source Drivers For $1 Per Day?

    An idea is being kicked around within the forums about sponsoring open-source driver development for one dollar per day...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTEyNDU
    I don't know if its related to Xorg developers or not, but I wonder if it would be useful for Mesa to have a seat onto one board at the Khronos Group.
    If so, how many cost the subscription ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spykes View Post
    I don't know if its related to Xorg developers or not, but I wonder if it would be useful for Mesa to have a seat onto one board at the Khronos Group.
    If so, how many cost the subscription ?
    Ian Romanick has served on the ARB, etc in the past.

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    Just noticed Michael asked for the discussion to take place in the other thread. Now I feel like a douche

    Maybe my post can be moved to the appropriate place? Thanks.

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    I like the idea.
    But:

    1. I think an idea like that needs first some advertisement to make people aware of the action.

    2. Financial is basically a kind of bottleneck. More money means more manpower and thus more progress. Of course it doesn't help against missing specs besides the horrible work of reverse engineering. Still manpower. So yes, finances can be a sort of a bottleneck for driver development.

    3. And I personally would prefer if there was maybe also a kind of choice what to do. E.g. I have an interest in getting GPUs soldered with ARMs afloat, AMD UVD working (and some more energy related stuff, everything else is fairly ok and progressing by official development) and maybe some love for these pesky VIA chips.
    Or hire somebody to get BluRay-CSS or whatever it's called decoding airborne. Might not be totally legal in all countries but what can you do if you want to watch the movies you bought on Linux or BSD?
    Or make past chips that are still not well supported working. GPUs, WLAN, some USB devices, omg printers(!) and whatever else is still having problems.

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