Thursday, May 3, 2012

A proposal


The project Netsukuku is alive, and under active development.
Nonetheless it is a fact that advancements with the development of the software come at a very slow pace, though they are real and quite continuous.
I think that it is important that the fundamental features of the project may be implemented more quickly; those features are also realistically feasible.

The idea

For quite some time I think about trying the way of crowd funding as a means for me to be able to devote myself to the development continuously. Crowd funding is a mechanism to raise funds for a project by donation pledges, that are usually of low amount. These pledges become real donations only if, within an expiration period, their total amount grows up to the minimum requirement for the project.


I evaluated that, if I can reach an amount of 15,000 € (circa 20,000 $), I would be able to work on the project part-time (4 hours a day) for one year. This would imply, indeed, that I cannot work full-time for my current employer.
The reason why I thought that I could make this proposal is that, if we focus on the aspect of the production of the software in Vala and consequently its installation on embedded devices with OpenWRT, that I am the only developer working on it. This continuously for over 18 months, though only in my spare time.
I still have to choose the funding platform (,,,, ...) and make all the steps for the presentation of the project. Anyway in the meantime, I wanted to test the waters on this community and with some contacts of mine. Soooo, what do you think?


  1. Great idea. I'm keeping track of your amasing project. If you'll be able to publish all details in this blog then I'll donate, of course. I just like to clarify that there are some countries banned by PayPal.

  2. +1 from Colombia!!!
    Nice work Luca!!!

  3. Good move. You could also split your funding request into two or three goals. It's not only about transparency: if you do a good work on the first part, people will more motivated to funding you for the next one.

  4. Great idea. I may gave a few bocks.

  5. Kickstarter shows great productivity (you can find many news about projects in there), so I propose it for your project. You work is very promising. Thank you.

  6. There is a similar project you may be interested in: Fluid Nexus. It is made for messaging only, but the idea is the same: no providers.

  7. With that ammount of money, I would gladdly work full time for a year.