sgofferj wrote on Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:20 pm:
So in this case, I wanted to specifically know if [...] there is anything in the FlightGear culture that would speak against starting something.
certainly not per se - in fact, there are many people obviously interested in the underlying idea of funding project development.
The latter question because some open source projects are very radical about being free and thus reject the idea of bounties plus because I had somthing in the back of my mind that I didn't want to talk about in detail before knowing the climate.
The mailing list certainly is the better place to discuss this, or maybe even get directly in touch with Curt.
My own impression is that you'll find LOTS of people interested in this, but next to none interested in implementing, maintaining and administrating this.
This may even apply to yourself, too?
Seriously, there's a certain "bureaucratic" effort required to get these things going. Just as an example, once you check out the mailing list archives or the wiki, you'll find DOZENS of people interested in the GSoC idea itself, pushing things each year. Yet, none of this has ever really materialized at all. FlightGear is not formally "led", there's no real project coordinator who's taking care of these things or delegating this stuff. The people driving the project are the "techie" guys, who get itchy skin rashes when they hear about "taxes", "office burdens", "paperwork" and pretty much anything that they're not interested in. So, don't hold your breath... Obviously, if you have come here to offer handling all this, they might be all open ears.