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Re: sponsor NetBSD for 2020

On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 06:59:32PM +0000, Sad Clouds wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Nov 2020 18:25:09 +0000
> wrote:
> > As for sun4v, I believe Palle is doing work on this sometimes.
> Yes, I've seen from the posts on sparc64 mailing list that some people
> are working on it, but often developers have other commitments and bills
> to pay, so the progress can be very slow. Paying those developers to
> work part or full time on various features would 1) help them pay the
> bills, and 2) move features forward quicker.
> I suspect NetBSD users would be more willing to sponsor the features
> that they can directly benefit from. In fact, this mode of software
> development (pay per feature) should be encouraged. I appreciate that
> NetBSD is a non-profit organization, but relying on other people to
> donate their development time for free is not always the best approach,
> i.e. feature development can drag on indefinitely.

This is what I'm doing:

If you are interested on doing the same with sun4v, I think a good first
step is to write completion criteria. With GNOME3, I preferred to write
the coherent "GDM works" rather than the more nebulous "GNOME3" because
it's not clear what the list of GNOME3 programs is.

Also, I strongly recommend offering a bounty for smaller units of work,
even when you want a bigger one. It avoids problems with people dividing
the work.

If you would like this to be curated "officially" we can create a wiki
page to coordinate the most up to date version of this.

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