I have a half-time job, and I care about Free Software. So the natural thing to do for me is to find ways to be funded for the contributions I do.
And also an interesting thing – I think actually super important – is payment. I want people to be able to pay for Free Software.
Which was met with applause. But unfortunately such support in Flatpak and GNOME Software are not going to happen anytime soon, maybe in a few years with some hope.
In the meantime, I’m launching two small fundraisings!
If this is successful, the idea is to add further milestones, after the work is done on the first one.
gspell is a library that I created last year to share the spell-checking code between gedit and LaTeXila. The code comes from the gedit spell plugin, as such there is only the support for GtkTextView. The goal of the fundraiser is to add support for GtkEntry, a single line text entry field.
Go to the gspell fundraising page if you’re interested!
GTK+ 3.22, which will be released this Wednesday, will be the last GTK+ 3 stable version (see this announcement). After that, the deprecated functionality of GTK+ 3 will be removed. LaTeXila is not a new application, it is developed since 2009. A fundraising on a new piece of software can concentrate on features. For LaTeXila, what is more important is that it is well maintained, to be still relevant in the 2020’s. So the fundraiser is to make the code ready for GTK+ 4, at least as a next step.
Code maintenance is not really what we can call interesting, but it is useful. We can see this interesting/useful dichotomy quite often in the computer science world: for a researcher, is proof of correctness interesting? Yes. But in practice it is rarely applied. Is writing unit tests interesting? No, but it is very useful.
Go to the LaTeXila fundraising page if you’re convinced ;)