On Tue, 20 Nov 2001, Guenter Bartsch wrote:
> first of all: xine is free software and I have _no_ intentions to change
> that in any way. And I will continue to work on xine as I ever did.
Well, I'm glad you said that, and I guess the GPL somehow warrants that
xine will stay a free software project, but I still have a bad feeling
about getting money for xine. But as I have already had a few thoughts
about that topic, I might as well share them...
> xine is not a company, right ... err, that (at least here in germany) als=
> means it cannot be sponsored, cannot be given money. So, the only aproach
> I can legaly think of is sponsoring/donations to individual developers.
> This also has the benefit of no fights about who is getting which amount
> of money possibly given to the project as a whole.
Well, sponsoring individuals is _very_ unattractive for any company. At
least in Germany, they can't even write that money off against tax...
An option would be founding a registered society. That's not too expensive
(<EUR 50.- IIRC) and allows people to really sponsor the project. If that
society qualifies as a non-profit society ("gemeinn=FCtziger e.V" in
Germany), people could even donate to it, writing up to 100% off against
> - being sponsored by a company? - anybody know a good way to find a
> sponsor? anybody have contacts to some companies in the multimedia
> business seeking a playback application?
Hmmm, how about me?
I could also ask some multimedia companies I know if they need someone...
What about Burosch?
> - a sponsoring page on the xine website?
> this page could mention every developer who wants to get sponsored
> and a contact address and maybe his paypal account? Anybody have any
> experiences with paypal? Other ways to receive money online,
> international ?
Well, that would probably work if it's something funny like the=20
"pizza supply details" on
Otherwise, I'd seriously doubt that anyone would donate anything...=20
> - a donation page on the xine website?
> pretty much like the previous idea, but more focused on individual user=
> who enjoy xine every day and want to donate a bit of money ?
Well, I like the idea of a page listing donators/sponsors/whatever. Maybe
we can combine that with a recommendation page (things like: buy cmedia
cards, they give out the specs, but beware of via, they don't even answer
> - developers working for a company?
> xine itself is free software, but some companies could be looking for
> somebody to customize xine for their product/platform, think of
> embedded stuff like set-top-boxes or webpads? Who could do that
> job better than a real xine developer? - I'd be definitele interested i=
> such a job, but how to find one
I don't think that's too difficult, but we should probably discuss that
> - a nice, blinking banner ad on the xine front web page ... ok, just
> kidding ;>
Well, it would surely work (as opposed to many other suggestions in this
mail). But I'd really _hate_ it!
I'm still concerned that money could make much more damage than it helps
in this project, but other kinds of donations (Hardware, DVDs, nice
holiday in Lisbon if you're holding a speech there, ...) are rather