Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:44:33 -0500 From: Rich Felker <dalias@...c.org> To: musl@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Funding musl development via Patreon You can now fund musl development through the crowdfunding site Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/musl Unlike Kickstarter and most other crowdfunding platforms, Patreon takes a recurring pledge from each sponsor, which is automatically charged at the beginning of each month until you choose to stop. This provides a sustainable revenue stream which will make it possible to spend more time on musl development and advancing related goals, and less on fundraising and unrelated work to meet expenses. So if you're using musl and want to help musl keep getting better, please consider becoming a sponsor. The average donation through the Patreon platform is $5-$10/month, but even a dollar shows you care, and lots of little donations add up. I also have some special "rewards" at the higher contribution levels: $32 - Credit as a "release sponsor" along with release announcements for releases made during the period of sponsorship. $80 - Up to 2 hours of private (off-list) support via email. This is a special limited-time rate. And I'm working out the details on adding some corporate sponsorship levels designed to offer something of value to sponsors while specifically avoiding any compromise to the independence of development and maintenance decisions for the project. One thing I'd like to be very clear and open about: At this point, funding musl development via Patreon is essentially funding my maintainership and personal development on the project. Nonetheless, we have some awesome contributors, both in term of code (roughly 12% by commit volume coming from authors other than myself) and countless hours spent debugging, testing packages, and getting us to the point where an overwhelming portion of mainstream software is usable with musl. I hope at some point the funding this project gets will be sufficient to share a meaningful amount with other major contributors, and right away I'm offering to announce and link to the fundraising efforts (Patreon or otherwise) of any major contributor intending to spend funds raised to facilitate their continuted contributions to improving musl. Thanks to everyone for your interest in the project and for your support, monetary or otherwise. Rich
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