GIMP developer Nicolas Robidoux seeks to leverage a freedom-based crowd-funding solution to bank-roll completion of the Nohalo/Lohalo/Lojaggy/Loblur suite of image resamplers for GEGL. The idea started back on Nov. 11th in the GIMP mailing list. Robidoux answers whether or not he plans to create a project on Kickstarter or not.
Prospective GIMP “patron”:
I would love to finish the Nohalo/Lohalo/Lojaggy/Loblur suite of image resamplers for GEGL, but I simply can’t afford to do significant pro bono work these days. (Lohalo, which in my mind would become Nohalo, is already “in”, and for better or worse replaces Lanczos when using the GEGLized GIMP. Loblur would be the Lanczos “equivalent” that works for arbitrary warps.)
I’m not expecting tons of money, just enough so I don’t get poorer while I do the job.
The answer is a noble one, claiming that he doesn’t require “tons of money”, but does call his work until now “pro-bono”, which also seems to be a fair description. Though his response says nothing of his plans to produce income for the effort, the realization of his need has now come in the form of a call to arms on FreedomSponsors.org, a Kickstarter-like boot-strapper for free software projects.
If you are interested in helping Nicolas Robidoux with development of faster image resizing and resampling for GEGL, but want to learn more about the progress made so far, watch this talk from the Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 in Montreal.
If you are interested in contributing monetarily towards completion of this GEGL goodness, you will want to donate here. Only $60 has been given so far, so hopefully you will be able to open your hearts and wallets to Nicolas so that we can keep GIMP relevant.