I tried to follow the whole open-sourcing of fellow podcaster Bryan Lunduke’s software. In short, BL asked for a certain amount of recurring monthly donations, if he got to his goal of 4,000 USD (which he did) he would then open-source his current software offerings.
While some found this method controversial, I found it refreshing. It’s indeed a very crafty way to leveraging his current fan base which proved more than loyal.
Sadly, I don’t think this is a big win for OSS as some make it out to be, it might make for an interesting case study, but that’s it. Not every software developer out there could have pulled it off. He picked the right time (with the kickstarter fever that is still going on) and had the right resources at hand (a large loyal listener base).
I have to admit, I’m a bit envious of his success though, who wouldn’t like to be paid to work on OSS software.
Cheers to you Bryan!