Corporate purchasing and policies make funding open source Literally Impossible. Nothing’s going to change until you make them pay you.
Someone filed a bug?
Someone wants a feature?
It’s literally easier to pay you $1500/yr than $25 once.
Startup idea: a virtual as-a-service Accounts Receivable department for open source projects.
I want to donate $150 to this open source project.
“Do I look like a communist? Is that what you think of me?”
We need a $1.5k support contract rather than pay an on-staff developer $180k.
“Okay submit their IRS W-9 and Point Of Contact for vendor management to reach out to.”