Just 8 days ago I stated that, if I could pull together just $4,000 in contributions, I would Open Source (under the GPL) all of the applications and games you see on this site.
As of about 10 minutes ago, we have hit $4,001 (and some change).
That's right. We pulled it off. Because we are awesome.
We showed that we, as a community, could rally together to fund a developer working full time on Open Source applications.
Now things get fun.
- Tomorrow I will be updating this website and releasing free (as in beer) builds of all of the software available here (including Linux Tycoon, Illumination Software Creator, etc.).
- Then I will be setting up project tracking tools and source control for each application... and uploading the source code licensed under the GPL.
During this time I will be compiling together statistics and information from the past 8 days on how, specifically, this all came together. Traffic, donation statistics, press information, etc. My hope is that other indie developers can utilize this information to help them to do something similar. A detailed and viable case-study.
A Big Thanks
I owe a big, hearty thanks to everyone who has contributed over the last week. You have helped to show the world that it is completely viable [and practical] for a closed source indie developer to go Open Source and be funded via contributions. This is a big step.
I would also like to thank all of the organizations [such as OMGUbuntu and the Linux Foundation] and community leaders [like Jono Bacon and Aaron Seigo] who helped get the word out.
You'll notice that the donation links have moved to the bottom left of the site. I will also be building some sort of system to show the current donation levels in real-time (or at least semi-real-time). That way everyone can watch, in a completely transparent way, how things unfold from day-to-day and month-to-month.
Again. Well done. Very, very well done.
Keep your eye on this site tomorrow for lots and lots of goodies.