Project News for GNU-Darwin Distribution
I submitted the following to the Pat McGovern of the SourceForge. He is a really busy guy, so don't hold your breath, but I think that there are some ideas here that are worth discussing.
Here's the text.
Have you considered starting a service like PayPal, so
that free software developers could be compensated by
users who are unable to contribute to the code base?
PyMOL recently recieved it's first contributions, and
GNU-Darwin recieved it's first user contribution via
PayPal in the last few days.
I think that it would be appropriate for the
SourceForge to recoup some operational money from such
transactions. I have heard of other efforts to help
free software projects with funding, such as Free
Developers and others.
Perhaps these efforts could be merged or conjoined for
maximum impact. For those who would not contribute
money, perhaps they would buy their favorite project a
gift from ThinkGeek.
This effort would be particularly helpful to smaller
projects, which are often clumsy in their first
attempts to deal with user contributions. I think that
much good will and good press would be the result of
this maneuver, and it would also benefit free software
developers, who bring so many benefits to others.
At this time, the proclus realm PayPal is handling donations to The GNU-Darwin Distribution.
2001-12-18 02:48:32 GMT by proclus
Dmitry might go free!
Planet PDF: Freed Dmitry Sklyarov will be Home for the Holidays!
Wired: Russian Hacker Charges Dropped
2001-12-13 23:13:38 GMT by proclus
GNU-Darwin: Yearly report
The GNU-Darwin CD images are easily among our most popular downloads,
and will soon rival AbiWord, Xdarwin, E!, OpenSSH, PyMOL, and even the
package manager itself. More interestingly, the x86 iso is at least as
popular as the ppc image, and we are seeing a similar situation with
x86 packages. We may soon face the possibility that the GNU-Darwin
Apple users will be outnumbered by GNU-Darwin Intel users. See for
yourself, and be sure to give rrp your vote of confidence.
In addition, GNU-Darwin served a quarter million page views and over
125,000 downloads in November, which is a continuation of the
exponential growth that we have been experiencing since our
founding last year. (the web counter broke badly in August, but it
seems fine now). Our future is pregnant with potential. A short lull
is expected over the holiday seasion (as in last August), but 2002
promises a return to exponential growth building towards Apple's
release of Mac OS X.2 next summer. At that time we hope to see another
surge of interest in the Distribution as mainstream and long-time
Apple users finally begin to discover free software and the Unix
Of course, these facts suggest that we should commence CD duplication
as soon as possible, and offer hard CD's for sale for benefit of the
Distribution; for continued development, and the hardware and internet
services that are required to support that development, as we can. In
the interim, we will continue to develop and polish the CD installers,
but we need to know how many people would be interested in purchasing
GNU-Darwin CD's from standard internet outlets. Please state whether
you would purchase x86, ppc, or both, and also how many friends of
yours will would do likewise. We will tally the numbers and take them
to the publisher.
Recent events have brought a fresh load of diverse and energized
users to the Distribution, and it is an exciting time! Many of
these users have been asking how they can help or contribute to the
Distribution, so we have set up a PayPal so that people can help
the Distribution now, instead of waiting for the release of hard CDs.
In addition, if you are good with making T-shirts or mouse pads for
GNU-Darwin users, and would like to donate some of your proceeds to
the Distro, then we can certainly point to your webpage. As always,
good coders with ready packages are also welcome.
2001-12-06 20:03:36 GMT by proclus
GNU-Darwin: Quit the Evil Empire
MS Office delayed?: Quit the Microsoft habit!
If you had any doubts about M$ intentions, just read the following
Wired: Apple Rips Microsoft Settlement
CNet: Critics take aim at Microsoft schools deal
They only want our children. We can help you to escape the evil
empire. We have all the office apps that you could ever need, and they
are FREE and available today. Be sure to read the package
Contact manager and calendar
Most of these packages are automatically installed with the One
step installer or the GNU-Darwin installer CD.
2001-11-27 22:10:09 GMT by proclus
GNU-Darwin: x86 packages and CD
2001-11-20 23:16:58 GMT by rrp
Here are some GNU-Darwin News releases going back to the very beginning. More to come.