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(10-06-2020, 10:44 PM)evbo Wrote: OpenBSD. I would love to have a true Unix led by the right people that can do all the things Linux can

that's definitely not what the openbsd team wants
If it were a blank check situation, I'd do some thorough research that I haven't done yet. (duh)

I would start out by trying to pinpoint which software team is underrepresented and providing the greatest value to the world, which is not quite something you can throw a search engine and find answers for.

More realistically, it would probably be scoped to my personal involvement within the FOSS community at the time: who I've interacted with, received help from, involved with bringing support to hardware I own, etc.
(09-06-2020, 10:23 AM)sokx Wrote: - Dylan Araps

I 100% agree! He makes some awesome stuff and has been a great inspiration to me. I'm sure thousands of people use his software every day without really knowing who he his, really a shame.
(11-06-2020, 02:07 PM)gmk Wrote: Dylan Araps

I hadn't heard his name before but a quick search led to me the KISS website. Interesting stuff, thanks! I may have to pull an unused machine out of the boneyard to experiment with this system.

(I already compile as much as I can against musl libc, so for me it's a plus that KISS uses it too. All in all, and at first glance, I'm very much in favor of the approach Dylan seems to be taking.)
Maybe WebKitGTK. They provide the only library that you can use in a reasonable way to build your own browser. But it has so many bugs and performance issues, it’s sad. As soon as they catch up, some new fancy web standard emerges and they quickly fall behind again.

(But to be honest, I’d rather send the money to some hypothetical hardware manufacturer and tell them to make us some sane CPUs and mainboards. :-) Well documented, free software, no out-of-order, no hidden software, …)
I would give it to meeee! So that I can be myself the one who work on open source projects. :)

I would call it the OnlyMeee foundation.

What about giving SEL4 a boost while we are at it? I would be curious to see what would the scene would look like.

There is also a good cleanup to give to GPG: drop old crypto, add MLS ( to it.

Then let's do a tour of Autocrypt ( for all client, including outlook, apple mail and whatnot.

I would not give a penny to Jitsi and give a hand at the guys at

We definitely need a simple SIP router that JustWorks and support just the minimal features, so that would get done as well, because Kamailio or OpenSIPS are not exactly simple to get spin up.

Then we have a good ground to give Autocrypt video call abilities: use the crypto from autocrypt to bootstrap video call and tada: you have 50% of the planet able to place free end-to-end encrypted (ZRTP?) phone calls to each other through open infrastructure (no need for a server doing the book keeping of identities). (zen of Chat Over Imap

That would definitely be helped up by some funds.

On the hardware world, let's have a look at Drivers drivers drivers ! And integration of a lot of other components... Work done for that devuan-based distribution would be used for everything else.

Now that I only spent 1% of infinity, we can get real and attack the industry where billing each other company should not mean hiding the source code you sell in the meantime.

This is something not as fun as building an open source social network as a hobby, so I doubt many people are interested into pushing the software that controls the production lines robots toward more open sourcedness, but I might be surprised, because I know very little of this world.

That was definitely a fun question to ask around. :)
(14-06-2020, 09:17 AM)vain Wrote: WebKitGTK
That sounds like the big battle out there: Web Browsers. There are definitely big funds put by big companies to develop these titanic (hue hue) projects.
(09-06-2020, 10:23 AM)sokx Wrote: - Dylan Araps
- 2f30
- 9front
- Suckless
- Sourcehut

These people make cool stuff and I'm sure none of them are millionares so...

There are definitely small projects that could make a big use of even small funds. Cat-v guys are working all of their time on bringing plan 9 to more platforms and have a large list of WIP (actively!) projects, like video decoding that it still lacks.
(14-06-2020, 06:46 PM)josuah Wrote:
(14-06-2020, 09:17 AM)vain Wrote: WebKitGTK
That sounds like the big battle out there: Web Browsers. There are definitely big funds put by big companies to develop these titanic (hue hue) projects.

I'm coming around to the opinion that the html-based web is a lost cause and it's time to consider alternatives. Perhaps the gopher community could use some of the funding being discussed here?
(09-06-2020, 09:55 AM)jkl Wrote: When it comes to Emacs development, the FSF is a problem, not the solution. There are reasons why many people have stopped trying to contribute to GNU Emacs. The copyright assignment sucks.

If giving them money could mean hiring a team to fix long standing problems such as concurrency and updating the display engine, then it would be worth it. Also, while acquiring the copyright assignment is trivial, there have reverently been discussion about dropping it, fyi.

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