Re: Regarding the AbiFund

From: Martin Sevior <>
Date: Wed Mar 25 2009 - 23:03:38 CET

HI Everyone,
                  This money should somehow help AbiWord development.
Maybe helping out for conference travel or a group meeting would be a
good use?

If Dom doesn't mind leaving it in his account for the time being I
think that is a good idea for now.

A meeting or something may come up where this would help to get us altogether.

If someone can make a specific proposal for how spending the money on
hardware would help development then I think we should listen.



On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 7:41 PM, J.M. Maurer <> wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-03-24 at 21:22 +0100, Robert Staudinger wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 9:06 PM, Dominic Lachowicz
>> <> wrote:
>> [...]
>> > * Does anyone want to manage the fund, in light of all this? Maybe
>> > using a different service than PayPal?
>> > * Should we "donate" this money to Marc and Martin's company, AbiSource, BV?
>> > * Should we give this money to some of the core developers?
>> > * Should we use it to purchase hardware? (do we need any?)
>> > * Should we sponsor some projects that don't get accepted to GSoC?
>> > * Should we donate it to some worthy non-profit? Feed the
>> > children/breast cancer/whatever
>> > * Etc.
>> >
>> > I would like to hear from at least the core developers ASAP (Tomas,
>> > Marc, Martin, Robsta, Hub, Sum1). And if anyone else has a suggestion
>> > for how to proceed, I appreciate your feedback.
>> In order of (personal) preference:
>> (1) Have AbiSource BV administer the tip jar (probably hard, because
>> they are a for-profit, right?).
> Officially we are (not that we made any profit, but still :)
> Since this is donation money, AbiCorp would only manage the money and
> not use it itself. How annoying this managing would be tax-wise I don't
> know.
> Just giving it to core devs or some other unrelated organisation does
> not seem right to me: the people donating the money hoped it would help
> AbiWord along, not the devs or someone else.
> Spending it on hardware would be a good idea, but atm I don't see
> blueant dying. So that seems a waste.
> Sponsoring projects that were not accepted into SOC seems like a good
> idea to me, *if* we think we have a worthwhile project. Another similiar
> idea might be 'bug bounties', but in the past they seemed to be a bitch
> to get right.
> "Let it sit around in your account without accepting new money" seems
> like a valid option too[1], in case our HW would die anyway. We could
> also use it in case some conference would come up where we would like to
> send some people (GUADEC?).
> Cheers
>  Marc
> [1] I have a paypal account too, so it could be used as well to let it
> sit around there.
>> (2) Donate to non-profit. Somehow I like the idea of volunteer work
>> generating donations that in turn go to non-profit. Maybe we could
>> change the "donate" button to directly link to some non-profit of our
>> choice and ask users who like AbiWord to send money there.
>> (3) Spend it on actually really getting some developers together
>> again, it's been a few years.
>> - Rob
Received on Wed Mar 25 23:03:58 2009

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