Giving up on Gnucash

ted creedon tcreedon at
Fri Apr 29 13:02:51 EDT 2005

I work on open source because its fun.

Before software patents we used to trade card decks of subroutines..


-----Original Message-----
From: gnucash-user-bounces at
[mailto:gnucash-user-bounces at] On Behalf Of Chris Shenton
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2005 8:50 AM
To: Rod Engelsman
Cc: gnucash-user at
Subject: Re: Giving up on Gnucash

Rod Engelsman <rodengelsman at> writes:

> I really *do* appreciate all the hard, unpaid, labor that's gone into 
> this program. It's just not what I was looking for.
> And I'm dead serious about the need for someone to take this and fork 
> it into a product that's more friendly for home users migrating from 
> Quicken, Money, etc.

I think forking would be bad, dividing labor that's already thin.

What some other OSS projects have started doing is using financial
"bounties" for features. If someone wants a feature, they post how much
they're willing to pay to get it implemented. Others with the same desire
can contribute to the same bounty. If the promised funds become enough, some
enterprising coder/consultant may take it on.
When done, the function gets added to the core. Everyone wins. 

I think it's an interesting hybrid approach to providing commercial support
for OSS apps.

Maybe if folks who want UI improvements contributed as much money as they
would give to MicroSoft et al for their software, you might collect enough
to pay someone to do the work to improve GnuCash to your satisfaction.  Just
a thought.
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