A big problem for all people working with open source is how to finance the time it takes to do the work. For instance am I in the process now of adding a real web admin user interface and databases and other high level things to the VSCP & Friends suite. This is work I estimate will take up to six months. Yes that is full time or more likely around 16h/day for a full seven days of a week. That is a long time without a possibility to take other paid work. Yes and there are hosting bills, electric bills, and all the rest of the bills a company have, and they all need to be paid by open source people to. Yes it is strange. I know. Who could ever thought it was like that? 😉
Fortunately the project get some donations from time to time. That is a big help and I really would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone that have sponsored the project over the years. But donations counts for only about one percent or less of the total cost to run the project. The rest is money I have to take from my own pocket. Multiplied with the sixteen years the project has been on the road this adds up to quite some large sums I can assure you.
I know we are not as used to supporting free projects in Europe as people in the US are, but anyway I ask all of you guys out there who like the project or even use it, to support the VSCP project with a few cents or a couple of Euros, or even with some hands that can help. Make life a bit easier for this free and open alternative for an IoT protocol.
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