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A cash crunch at the GNOME Foundation

A cash crunch at the GNOME Foundation

Posted Apr 15, 2014 11:00 UTC (Tue) by ebassi (subscriber, #54855)
In reply to: A cash crunch at the GNOME Foundation by malor
Parent article: A cash crunch at the GNOME Foundation

> They would probably be in better financial shape if their new design appealed to more people.

that's what I call "a radical interpretation of the text" - meaning that, no: the number of users has no bearing on the financials of the GNOME Foundation.


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A cash crunch at the GNOME Foundation

Posted Apr 15, 2014 11:09 UTC (Tue) by malor (guest, #2973) [Link]

> the number of users has no bearing on the financials of the GNOME Foundation.

Oh, of course not, lack of users is why they were able to set up a Foundation in the first place.

A cash crunch at the GNOME Foundation

Posted Apr 15, 2014 13:01 UTC (Tue) by ebassi (subscriber, #54855) [Link]

I'd have a look at your sarcasm generator: it does not work on websites.

the Foundation was established to handle donations, and with the intent of providing infrastructure to use those donations to the benefit of the GNOME project.

the number of users of GNOME (as much as it can be actually established, a non trivial feat in and of itself) has not *direct* bearing on the existence or on the finances of the Foundation. I can say this because I know for a fact that we don't require a fee for every installation of GNOME.

the two major sources of income are direct donations (through Friends of GNOME campaigns) and the advisory board membership fee. we have seen better days in terms of adboard fees, but it's not a huge change; after all, companies use infrastructure on Linux that has been created or it's maintained by GNOME developers, so it makes sense for companies using Linux desktop technologies to also use GNOME technologies. we also have had new adboard members to make up for the ones we (and the whole Linux and Linux desktop ecosystem) lost.

as for donations, we have a steady stream of support from everybody who can spare as little as 5 EUR/USD to big donations, a sign of a community that cares about the existence of the project, and that puts their money where their mouth is.

so, no: the number of users we may have lost or may have gained does not really reflect the need of the GNOME project to have a foundation. we have a community that cares, and that's already justification enough.


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