Subject: Funding Open Source Development
From: Norman Jacobowitz <>
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 15:31:49 -0700

Hi, all ...

Per Russell's suggestion and guidance, I am hoping to start a general 
discussion about the new industry of funding Open Source development.

_Please note_: while I am a co-founder of one of the sites that I will 
soon mention, I do hope the discussion will include all sites currently 
working in this industry, and hope we can all share opinions about the 
general industry.  ***This is absolutely not an attempt to generate 
interest in my site only, but to begin debate about the industry as a 
whole.***  Right now, the founders of both commercial sites are known 
to subscribe to this list, hopefully we can all toss around some ideas!

Right now two commercial sites are simultaneously working to provide 
funding to Open Source developers.

They are:

Other non-commercial versions include:

While there are major differences between the above, the general theme 
is: allow sponsors to provide funding to entice development of certain 
Open Source projects that are not currently underway.

In an effort to start the discussion out as vague as possible, I hope 
to ask some general questions:

1) What do you folks think about the concept?

2) Is this paradigm bad/good/amoral/asinine/silly/awesome?

3) Providing that the business model proves successful, should these 
methods of engendering development be encouraged?

Thanks for taking the time to read this post; I am nervous about making 
it because I don't want to in any way appear to be "spamming" the list. 
 I followed Russell's instructions about how to keep it as nuetral as 


Norman M. Jacobowitz