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Something akin to Debian's popcon.
> What about infrastructure packages, most users are not aware of?
Do you mean X.org, coreutils, libc et al.? They get a (big) share of the pie too, since in this setup, what counts is packages that are installed.
http://popcon.debian.org/ gives an impression of how donations are distributed in such a setup.
One potential problem is that some packages are small, but very popular. They might need less funding that larger, less frequently used packages (e.g. compare util-linux with Shotwell).
But I think the upside is that it guarantees a steady, predictable, income for the software projects that are the most fundamental to the free software ecosystem.
GUADEC: New funding models for open source software
Posted Aug 16, 2012 12:42 UTC (Thu) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
I think the question was referring to things like Koji or Bodhi (for Fedora). Every user needs those things, but they're rarely installed.
The stats would also have to be exposed so that RPMFusion could do something similar for its packages (I imagine Fedora would do this anyway (assuming something akin were implemented) in the spirit of transparency).
Posted Aug 16, 2012 12:44 UTC (Thu) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
There could be a field for "After what point is money better spent elsewhere?" possibly due to few full-time volunteers versus $DAYJOB developers.
Posted Aug 16, 2012 16:45 UTC (Thu) by tx (subscriber, #81224)
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