K3b Fundraiser Started

Sebastian Trüg has been working on K3b for a long time now and his computer has always served well for development. However it is now old and showing the first signs of senility. In order to keep up his work on K3b he needs a new machine. That is why the K3b fundraiser has been launched. The goal is to collect €1000 Euro by 31st March 2006. If you are willing to donate you can do so using PayPal or a bank transfer. There will be one major reward and that is K3b 1.0.


Within the EU you can do bank transfers easily and for free if you just know some information about the recipient and the account. I think this is something that EU law requires, and I assume Sebastian lives in Europe.

For a bank transfer to work you need the IBAN (international bank acount number?) and BIC (bank ? ?) codes, a full name and probably an address. That way anyone with a decent bank that has a decent web interface can easily contribute. At least all the Finnish ones I've seen have this functionality easily accessible.

By chakie at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

Ahem, I wouldn't give my bank account number to my best friend, let alone publish it on the web :D
Paypal should be fine.

By giacomo at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

...because you are afraid that someone transfers money to your account?

By max at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

This is Europe, not USA. Knowing account number is useless to you when you want to withdraw money here, you actually have to prove your right to do it. What a concept, eh?

By Vz at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

That's not true, at least in Spain. Having the account number is more than enough to bill someone's account. If it's a small quantity (say 30 EUR) most people won't ever realize.

By Pau Garcia i Quiles at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

Hmm, spanish citizens must be rich :o)

By ac at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

"Having the account number is more than enough to bill someone's account."

No it's not.

By truth commission at Sun, 2006/04/16 - 5:00am

Yes, it is. In Spain it is.

By NabLa at Tue, 2006/04/18 - 5:00am

"This is Europe, not USA. Knowing account number is useless to you when you want to withdraw money here, you actually have to prove your right to do it. What a concept, eh?"

The same is true in the USA. However, there are always ways to "prove" that you're someone you're not. No security measure is perfect --what a concept. And not being a chauvinist dick -- what a concept.

By truth commission at Sun, 2006/04/16 - 5:00am

Heh, why advertise a method of payment that can't be used?

"Well, we have this nice method that you could use for free, but we won't tell you any details, it's a secret." :)

By chakie at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

If you browse to the k3b site you'll see that you can get Bank Transfer details by sending a mail to Sebastian.

Sebastian probably missed that part when submitting the article for the dot.

By Kevin Krammer at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

Thanks for the info!

By chakie at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

> you can do so using PayPal or a bank transfer.

Where can I find the necessary data for the bank transfer?

By max at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

The necessary data for a paypal transfer is the recipient's email address.

By truth commission at Sun, 2006/04/16 - 5:00am

K3B is one of the best tools on my KDE desktop.

I think that GPL and the ASP shareware principle are not incompatible. But IBAN is easier...

By gerd at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

Just wondering if KDE Ev couldn't set up a creditcard payment site and act as mediator for fundraising within KDE. I don't use paypal and for undisclosed reasons I cant make international money transfers (which is also both slow and complex to do), but a credit card 'payment' (if done correctly) is fast, secure and convenient.

Pretty sure it would make it easier for a lot of people to contribute with such a system.


By Luca Beltrame at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

Yes, I also think this might be a nice idea. Currently, if you want to contrivute some money, you have to send some money to your paypal account first and then start there a transaction. Paypal might be nice for somebody who is using it regulary, but I would prefere a "normal" money transfer to somewhere.

By Phobeus at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

There is a place for KDE e.V. donations:

However, in my opinion this could get problematic quite quickly. Handing out money in a volunteer community always puts some strain on the members of the community. I think it would be difficult for e.V. to determine who and under what circumstances cash could be handed out. Right now, it's generally limited to very tangible expenses -- traveling on behalf of KDE, promotional costs, conference registration and insurance, etc. When you start handing out money (not, say, old hardware or whatever) people often think, "Why not me too?"

By Scott Wheeler at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

>There is a place for KDE e.V. donations:

Sorry Scott, that one uses PayPal. And if someone cannot (or don't want) to use PayPal, bank transfer is expensive (outside of the EU), they don't really have a solution to donate.

By Andras Mantia at Sun, 2006/03/12 - 6:00am

Well, that kind of misses the point. First it's paypal, and secondly I was thinking of KDE ev. acting as a mediator for fundraising projects with each project having it's own 'account' number or something... So if e.g. K3B wants to have a fundraising initiative, KDE ev. would have the infrastructure to make a special 'account' for just that.


By Luca Beltrame at Tue, 2006/03/14 - 6:00am

I have some cash in my paypal collecting dust (its too much to write it off as lost change, but not enough to make it worth the pain to transfer it to my bank account), and i use k3b all the time...

By Mathias at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

i am behind $4,500 in bill being kicked out of my place and I have children in school please if you can call me 856-629-1805

By joe batts at Sun, 2008/04/13 - 5:00am

** Mozilla makes millions of Dollars with Google search box. **

Konqueror or KDE should do the same.

Something for KDE e.v.?

By max at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

> Konqueror or KDE should do the same.

Not without win32 version.

By user at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am


Konqueror has a market share between 1 and 2%. Let's take a conservative approach and choose 1%. If 1billion of people have internet connection this makes 10million of konqueror users. More than enough.

By max at Fri, 2006/03/10 - 6:00am

K3b Fund-raiser state: 479,35/1000 Euro

BTW: How is it with the reward - K3b 1.0?

By radfoj at Thu, 2006/03/09 - 6:00am

K3b 1.0 is currently under development. What I mean is that there will not be a K3b 0.13.

I am currently trying to fix and implement those things I want to have in 1.0 and there will be a beta in the next few weeks, I hope.

By Sebastian Trueg at Fri, 2006/03/10 - 6:00am

I think, atleast 100 to 150 million cds/dvds must have been burned using your s/w. You have been extremely important to us as far as archiving digital information on optical media is concerned. May 1.0 happen smoothly for you. God bless you Sebastian.

By nits at Sun, 2006/03/12 - 6:00am

Wow 0.12 to 1.0 ... the change must be dramatic ;) :o :| :)

I think k3b is the best application for KDE, hands down. I don't burn CDs often, but whenever I do I use k3b - and it just works! This is in contrast to winblows where you have to download some proprietary crippleware that typically can't even burn an ISO image.

Are there any plans to include K3B into KDE 4? Would it change to K4B, or maybe a more user-friendly name?

I have a couple of suggestions that would make the integration a little more slick:

A right-click service for device icons, so that if I have a CD-ROM under media:/ I can choose to Copy CD..., etc.

Also, for actions that perform a simple task, such as copying a CD, burning an ISO, etc., there is no need to pop up the entire K3b application window in the background. It would be much cleaner to just show the dialog pertaining to the action. The only time the application window is needed is when you have an open-ended request (such as "burn these files to cd").

By LuckySandal at Mon, 2006/03/20 - 6:00am

+1 for Renaming and Suggestions !

By Fred at Mon, 2006/03/20 - 6:00am

Please note the subtle use of the letter k.

By reihal at Tue, 2006/03/21 - 6:00am

Or Kash.
"It burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire, the ring of fire", you know.

By reihal at Tue, 2006/03/21 - 6:00am

how about "Kero" for the name ;d

Prozilla and K3B are my favourite application to download and burn for my Linux iso/cd collections :)

By KeroppiX at Wed, 2006/03/22 - 6:00am