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Thanks for CHDK, donation question

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Thanks for CHDK, donation question
« on: 19 / November / 2015, 02:15:54 »
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To those who develop software and firmware in the CHDK realm ecosystem platform community,

Many thanks for this fine software.  CHDK to me is of the highest quality, precision, complete-ness and thorough-ness..  It is mature.  It works as advertised.  I rank it of similar maturity and quality as is found in ffmpeg, VLC, ImageMagick, ssh, those kind of tools..  Even exceeding the quality of those packages in some places.

I would pay money for CHDK.  Barring that, I would like to contribute something.  I suck at programming.  I read an old post about money & CHDK, http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php?topic=1176.10

I don't want to cause trouble among developers, gurus or anyone else.

I shall donate time to CHDK development as best I can. 

I would like to donate money or equipment to CHDK development. 

No strings, like this: 

  I give CHDK money somewhere somehow. 
  CHDK community decides what to do with it. 
    Strip clubs, computers, cameras, whatever..  I don't care.
  I go away.
  Full stop.
  ||
  I buy equipment and send it somewhere.
  I go away.
  Full stop.
  ||
  Someone says to me, "hey dope, canon model foo-69 is a "hot port." users are asking about it, and we need testers and kit.  Buy one and test this build." 
  I buy the kit, test the build.
  I ship the kit somewhere else for continued testing & development.
  I go away.
  Full stop.
  ||
  Someone says to me, "hey dope, we need some server build space.  Buy us an amazon instance good for one year, and send root ssh keys when ready."
  I buy the instance, [admin: avoid swearing please] the ssh keys to someone.
  I go away.
  Full stop.

Many more variations on that theme, but the key points are summarized next:
  Donate.
  Go away.

I do not expect favouritism - eg "my special pet build shall get attention."
I do not expect to be in charge of anything - eg like I bought a guru tag.
I do not have a timeline - eg like the port for foo-69 is due tomorrow.

I do not expect anything, really.  I trust in the developer community that has grown and refined this software over the years.  So I don't care what is done with the money.  I believe other pragmatic and grateful persons may have a similar opinion.

However, I think I can understand why the CHDK community does not yet take money, except maybe the rare "bounty cases.."  Because it is harder to decide what to do with the money than it is to agree how to design and build world-class software.  Well, I hope CHDK community can figure it out.  VLC takes Paypal dontations, maybe ffmpeg does too, don't know for sure..

If any of the above "no-strings" donation ideas are suitable to discuss further, please give feedback.

If the community would rather let sleeping dogs lie, so to speak, well..  so be it.  I'm super grateful for this software, the help I get on the board, examples of how to do things..  These tools are superb.  thank you.

Re: Thanks for CHDK, donation question
« Reply #1 on: 19 / November / 2015, 21:24:22 »
If the community would rather let sleeping dogs lie, so to speak, well..  so be it.  I'm super grateful for this software, the help I get on the board, examples of how to do things..  These tools are superb.  thank you.
I can only speak for myself here and I have only played a small part in the bigger scheme of things.

The question always comes down to "Who do you pay?".   There have been so many people who have made major contributions and there is no way to contact any of them directly. FWIW,  reyalp has carried the biggest load of keeping things going here for years now - I don't think anyone would object to a reward for him.  But AFAIK he has not asked for one and does not seem interested in that sort of thing.  But I should not be speaking for him.

So what can you do?   The biggest issue in getting ports done - especially DIGIC 4+ and DIGIC 6 ports - is that developers really need access to the individual camera models.  There are only a few active forum members who can actually do a standard port, and ports for the newer DIGIC chips are really hard to do without cameras in hand.   

So if you want to offer a reward, finding a way to get new cameras into the hands of willing CHDK dev's might be the most appropriate way to do that?  Donate, lend, share - whatever works for your budget. Figure out how to send reyalp a DIGIC6 camera .. or offer a DIGIC4+ to anyone willing to port it.

But like I said .. these are just my thoughts.
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