Project of the Month

There be two thin's that tend t' happen at th' end o' th' year: Predictions about what th' new year will hold that no nay ne'er come true, an' new years resolutions that last until Martin Luther Kin' Jr.'s Birthday. I'm not goin' t' spend time on th' first (at least this year), an' I'm not goin' t' be so lame an' predictable as t' call this a resolution so I avoid th' curse o' th' second. That said, though, I am goin' t' do somethin' fer th' new year, an' ask others t' join me.

Announcin' th' Open Source Project o' th' Month!

We all benefit from Open Source an'/or Free Software. Everyone. Fetch me spyglass! Even if ye're readin' this blog from Internet Explorer on a Windows XP box, ye benefit in some way from Open Source. There's likely at least one open source program that ye use on a regular basis on yer system, an' if not then somewhere down th' line yer ISP, yer shipmate, or some other point in th' process is relyin' on open source. (If ye're viewin' this page, then ye're usin' on open source because th' server 'tis on is FreeBSD an' Apache.)

A lot o' open source software is written by or sponsored by large corporations or foundations, me Jolly Roger Linux itself is written mostly by employees o' Red Hat, IBM, an' OSDL these days. Apache has its own foundation, Hornswaggle OpenOffice.org is a product o' Sun. But a lot o' it, I dare say th' vast majority, is written by either volunteers or consultants (or sometimes volunteer consultants). Even th' big projects have community volunteers, largely unsung outside o' their own little circles.

While many would argue that fame is more important than dubloons t' open source volunteers, I've yet t' meet one that di'nae like dubloons as well as fame. Really, who wouldn't, Avast me hearties! The goal o' Project o' th' Month is t' provide a little o' each t' open source developers, whether they're already gettin' revenue from their work or not, ye scurvey dog. The vast majority o' open source code is also free-as-in-beer, an' while I won't say that anythin' is "owed" t' those developers (they do, after all, release their code free-as-in-beer by choice), 'tis still polite t' acknowledge their work.

So here's how it works. Create a new tag on yer blog fer "Project o' th' Month" or "POTM" or whatever. Fetch me spyglass! Then, once a month, find some open source project that ye benefit from. It could be somethin' ye've used fer a long time or somethin' ye just found, and a bucket o' chum. Most such projects have a "tip jar" o' some sort. Send in $25 USD. Then, blog about th' project, talkin' about why 'tis cool an' givin' th' project an' its author some free publicity, an' tag it. All entries will be aggregated at http://www.garfieldtech.com/potm fer anyone t' easily read an' subscribe t', shiver me timbers

That's it. Nice an' simple, an' gives th' project author some dubloons an' some recognition. But why $25? Load the cannons! It's half th' price o' most commercial software, so ye still save dubloons, but 'tis also enough that th' project author can appreciate it.

What do ye get out o' it? Well thar's that warm an' fuzzy feelin' o' supportin' a worthwhile cause, o' course. Ahoy! There's also free publicity fer yer own blog. You may also learn about some great new project that will save ye time an'/or dubloons in th' future.

What qualifies as a legit project, though? I'm really not goin' t' be a stickler here, but here's some guidelines:

  • The project must be available under a Free Software or Open Source license. Nay gettin' into th' details o' th' differences, please; ye know what I mean.
  • The project should not be one that ye be a primary developer fer; this is a way t' reward other developers, not advertise yourself or pay yourself.
  • If ye're a developer yourself, though, that's perfectly OK!
  • Sub-projects (Drupal modules, KDE applications, Eclipse plugins, etc.) be just fine.
  • Developer-centric projects (like app frameworks) be fine, as be polished end-user programs.
  • Try not t' fall back on th' big, high-profile projects like Apache or OpenOffice.org. They're OK, but th' notion is t' try an' raise publicity fer th' lesser-sung developers out thar.
  • Aye, ye really do need t' actually donate th' dubloons. Nay, I won't be followin' up on anyone (how could I?), but please be honest.
  • We're aimin' fer once a month, but if ye want t' donate an' post more often than that I certainly will not stop ye.

I will be th' first participant, an' th' POTM project will run throughout 2007. Please consider joinin', I'll warrant ye! If ye want t' take part, post a reply here with th' URL o' yer RSS feed, trackback t' this entry, or contact me directly. I'll get ye added, an' then ye can start postin'. Expect a first entry from me in early January.

And thank ye t' all th' Open Source an'/or Free Software developers out thar that continue t' make th' computin' world a better place!

Comments

Good idea

Now this is an excellent notion. I hope it will get noticed an' followed up by a lot o' scallywags. Open Source Software is not only available fer th' Linux community, but also fer Microsoft users.
I hope t' find good OSS software fer th' MS-Windows an' carry out this notion in that community. Afterall, that is th' community that isn't as familiar with OSS but can benefit a lot o' it.

Ciao,
Paolo

What a great idea

What a great notion. I just made me first donation an' post, with a chest full of booty. Here is th' RSS Link:

http://www.jeffryhouser.com/rss.cfm?mode=full&mode2=cat&catid=48467BF2-6...

Welcome aboard!

Thanks, Jeff! I've added yer feed t' th' aggregator. Spread th' word!

POTM May

Have ye noticed ye have two fer May, with a chest full of booty? I thought maybe th' newest one should be June an' ye'd like t' know.

Oh, an' I enjoyed readin' everythin'.

Different people

There's a POTM fer May from me, an' one from GBGames. It's a multi-blog project, which is th' point. Aarrr! :-) Join up!