Sponsoring KiCad improvements by "bounties"


#1

One way to help improve Open Source projects is by offering “bounties” to developers providing specific bug fixes, feature enhancements etc. One such platform is Bountysource - other platforms are available. Bountysource charge a fee to maintain the service. Some may view this is an unwarranted free market intrusion into Open Source, others may view this a reasonable fee for a useful “added value” service.

Bountysource integrates with repositories hosted on github, so KiCad source repo is not there, but KiCad libraries are. However, it is is possible to create a dummy repo, which can be used to track and award bounties, even if the KiCad source code is maintained in launchpad.

It might be obvious, but worth saying - any submitters hoping to get a bounty must be prepared to engage with KiCad devs or library maintainers to get a submission to an acceptable standard.

If anyone thinks this is a good idea, it would be easy to set up, but right now I believe that bounties could be placed on KiCad library issues.


#2

There is a code mirror on github. Would this be enough?


#3

I looked for that on Bountysource, but I couldn’t find it. I am not sure, but I guess Bountysource only pick up certain repos.

Oh, just realised, Bountysource needs a repo with Issues enabled, kicad-source-mirror has issues disabled.


#4

I believe that’s because all tracking is done via the main repo on Luanchpad and the mailing list.