Quanta+ Sponsor Asks for Assistance

For the past year and a half, I've been a co-sponsor of the KDE Quanta+ project helping Eric, Andras and the entire Quanta+ team deliver one of the best web development applications in the world -- Free or otherwise. It has been my pleasure and an honor to be part of bringing Quanta+ to you.

My wife and I are currently in the process of adopting two beautiful children from Haiti. Sadly, one of the drawbacks to international adoption is that it is very expensive. These expenses have now come to the point where I will be unable to continue my sponsorship of Quanta+ after this month. If the adoptions do come through this year, I am hopeful I'll be able to resume my sponsorship in April after taking advantage of the generous tax credits available to successful adoptive parents.

Previously, I was contributing 100 US dollars a month to the Quanta+ project. My goal in this community appeal is to cover my contributions for the months of November through March -- a total of $500. Of course, it would also be nice to blow this goal out of the water and raise considerably more. :)

Please help me continue my assistance to the Quanta+ project "in proxy" for the next few months. Remember, the Quanta+ sponsors help pay the salary of two programmers who in turn bring you some of the best software around -- all under Free software licenses. If you can help, please visit the Quanta+ donation page. Thanks in advance to everyone for their support!

Dot Categories: 


by Sean Pecor (not verified)

I just threw $200 in your direction. Enjoy the road trip!

by KDE User (not verified)

Whoa, nice to know KDE has friends like you. :)

by Eric Laffoon (not verified)

Thanks Sean! It's good to have support from the "Mad Scientists" out there. BTW the road trip is fun so far, but too tiring. I may have to take up sleeping. ;-)

by SYNERGiST (not verified)

Cool that it worked out whith "sponsors" :P
Any news on when the new website should be up and when a new version of quanta is out? ... or whar are you guys doing in quanta project right now?

by Andras Mantia (not verified)

I really except that Eric will put the new site in the CVS, so it can be improved and made publicly available soon.
The new version of Quanta will be out when the new version of KDE. Check the KDE release plan (both for 3.3.x and 3.4.x). If the KDE release is delayed and we have enough new goodies we may have an interim BE release.
We are working on Quanta. ;-) Right now I'm trying to improve the script language support.


This is probably not the right place to put forward this idea but it has to start somewhere :-)

My itch that i want to scratch is more or less as follows. I would like to donate to the KDE project but I would like my money to be used on solving specific problems.

One of these is support for webcam in Kopete. "See here http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=70538 "

My idea is to add the option to donate to a bounty for this (and other) feature(s). It would be great to have a "PayPal" (or similar) option in the voting dialog. The bounty would be claimed by he/she/those who implement the feature (or fixes a bug).

Administrative problems that needs to be solved is among other "who will be responsible for releasing the bounty", "who will say this solution is good enough to claim the bounty" etc...

Feedback? Questions? Flames?

Cheers Jo

Some projects (like KMail if I'm not mistaken) have such kind of offer. For others, I'd suggest you to contact the developers on the project mailing list and raise up your offer. I think you have high chances to find a developer who will want to fix a bug or implement a feature for some money.


Did not know that Kmail offered this opportunity. But I would really like to be able to browse bugzilla and see what is the bounty for this feature to day? Then developers could choose a task where they feel that the effort/pay ratio is good enough. And for me as a contributer I could make an evaluation on where my money would be best spent. (If there are to features I would like to see implemented and I only can afford to sponsor one I could evaluate which one was closest to fulfillment).

Cheers Jo

Look at http://www.kontact.org/shopping. I don't say that it would be not nice to be possible to add an entry to bugzilla where developers could say "I'd do this for XXX money", and those wanted to support KDE development could pick up one of those entries, but the other approach is also straightforward and logical: you want a feature (and you *know* what you need) or you are annoyed by a bug, so you approach the developers and offer something in order to see the bug/feature implemented. This way you really sponsor the one who does the job that you really want.

You can check out http://www.ideacradle.com and http://www.dropcash.com for simple bounty creation tools.