Rewarding Open Source Developers – How can we help?
WebKit, an open source library built on top of KDE’s KHTML is the foundation for Apple’s Safari, their Dashboard and a bunch of other stuff. Less than a year after taking the project open source, Apple is giving MacBook Pros and a trip to AWWDC’06 to the top 12 project contributors. The announcement is here.
I did a few quick searches to see who else is doing this kind of thing (large companies rewarding open source dev) – it’s happened before, but not often enough. Sansblog talks about why that is (probably). It’s hard to reward a group of people without upsetting the people who were passed over.
tibike77 on slashdot reminds us that we can all reward the open source community through paypal donation links. We can also contribute to bounties to pay for work that hasn’t been completed, yet, as an incentive. There is no good index of community funded bounties, but there is an index of company funded bounties here.