Check out this week's #Glimpse update! We have a new logo, new Open Collective account and started work on Travis CI build automation ready for Glimpse 0.1 to be released later this month.
@oct2pus we have explained why accepting donations is necessary in this FAQ answer: https://glimpse-editor.org/about/#why-do-you-need-monetary-donations
The reason we do these weekly blog posts (which are then also linked to on Patreon, Open Collective, Twitter and the fediverse) is so people can make an informed decision before they donate and also hold us accountable.
Finally, we have committed to donating all the money we’ve received (after costs) to the upstream project in the unlikely event we fail to release anything at all.
In French, but gives a rather grim view of the fork's motivations... https://linuxfr.org/users/ben51/liens/fork-de-gimp-cachez-moi-cette-licence#comment-1780795
@oct2pus we appreciate your feedback re: optics 🙂
We started collecting Patreon donations early on for the same reason one might open a Kickstarter campaign. It gauges interest in the product, ensures costs are covered and can motivate people to deliver because of the trust that has been placed in us. It is also low risk as in the worst case the money is passed upstream.
The move to Open Collective was in response to feedback that we should be more transparent about how we use donor money.
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