|Have you ever wanted to contribute to the Haiku operating system but don't know how you should, or don't like your options? Are donations just too general, and perhaps you'd like to know exactly where your money is going? Bounties may be the perfect answer! Haikuware Bounties are a community initiative to try to spur development and bring better hardware and software support to Haiku. So, show your support to individual or team developers and Haiku by contributing to a specific bounty from our list below:
Also, six times/year we're going to show our appreciation towards individuals that have contributed in any way to further Haiku's cause with a 'Thank You' merit award. It's a different way of contributing; check out our 'Thank You Award'.
Assigned or pending developers that have taken on a code bounty are expected to register to three websites. Haikuware , for open communication between the bounty holders and contributors, OSDrawer where 3rd party projects (i.e Webkit, CUPS, NDIS ports) will be exclusively hosted, and to the Haiku Developer's Mailing List for help and inquiries. Oh, if you aren't a member already, and if you'd like to get paid for your completed work, then PayPal as well.
Those that start bounties are usually not developers. Although we may be avid computer users, our knowledge of the inner workings of computer programming and hardware may be limited. Therefore, for example, we may know in general that Haiku needs PCMCIA support, but not what chipsets it will support. When a developer is interested in a particular bounty and consequently applies for the bounty, they are expected to research and write an application outlining exactly what they intend to accomplish with the bounty, and submit a deadline. We will then seek peer support for review of the developers submission and either accept, deny, or make adjustments to the proposal (we reserve the right to reject applications). The proposal will then be put on the bounty's site. Developer's should include the following in their proposal:
For an example of how to write an application for a bounty, check out the Webkit Port bounty .
The above aren't options they are conditions, and are expected to be followed if the developer expects to be compensated!
Where can developers find more info about developing for the Haiku operating system? This is a comprehensive guide to development on Haiku right from their website. If you can't find the answers to your questions here, try the mailing list.
Q. What is a code bounty?
A. A code bounty is a payment that is made to a developer for the fulfillment of a coding duty. Bounties at Haikuware start at $100, and can increase through contributions by the public.
Q. Do you have an automated/subscription donation system?
A. Not for the bounties sorry, only for the 'Thank You' award.
Q. What currency should I use when contributing to a bounty?
A. The system should default to US dollars. Please don't submit in other currencies, as it makes a mess of the bookwork ;)
Q. I want to spread the word about Haiku Bounties, how can I help?
A. You could post this image on your website (or make me a better one, I know it sucks). You could also post links to the bounties in developer forums and steal developers away from other operating systems, haha.
Q. Do you accept any other forms of payment other than PayPal?
A. Sorry not at this time. You can send money via your bank as a registered PayPal member or you can make an instant payment through major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, etc.) without registering at PayPal. Simply visit this: PayPaL URL
Enter this email: bounties(at)haikuware.com (replace (at) with @)
Select service/other, and continue. Fill in the required info, and indicate in the 'notes' section which bounty you'd like your contribution to be entered into.
Q. Who are you, and why should I trust you?
A. My name is Karl vom Dorff, and I'm the man behind Haikuware. I previously ran haikubounties.org and with the help of bounty contributors raised around $1500 for Haiku's cause. If you need any reference or doubt my sincerity, intentions or commitment to Haiku, please contact the president of Haiku, Michael Phipps.
Q. Where can I find an RSS feed with the latest balances?
A. We will try to frequently add the total balance, and balance of each bounty as a latest news item. Therefore, the syndicate is available at our domain name for subscription and addition to your website/newsreader/desktop.
Q. What happens to my money if a bounty fails?
A. As outlined in the rules, if after 6 months no developer signs up for the bounty the balance of the bounty is transferred into the general fund, unless we are contacted up to 2 weeks after the bounty's closure for a refund. We will try to make an effort to notify registered members of Haikuware of bounty closures, but can't guarantee this. It is the contributors responsibility to observe the deadlines.
Q. I made a payment but don't see any changes on your site, what's up?
A. Patience my son, we'll get around to it!
Q. Can you provide a receipt for tax purposes?
A. No. This may be an option for the future. As it stands now, Haikuware isn't a registered charitable organization. In Canada (probably the U.S as well), this entails a fair amount of paper work. If you're a corporation looking to write-off taxes by contributing to a non-profit, then I may be persuaded to register it as such for contributions in the thousands of dollars. Be aware however, even if this were a registered charitable organization, it would be Canadian, and there may be certain restrictions on international claims. So, I'm not too sure. I think for now, I'd like to keep it simple.
Q. I submitted $X, but the bounty system shows I submitted less:
A. Well convenience isn't free. Even PayPal likes to make money off of charities! There is an approximate fee of 2.5% plus 50 cents per transaction. Please keep this in mind when attempting to top up bounties to a target.
Q. When did this bounty system start?:
A. Haikuware began accepting contributions to the bounty system on July 18th, 2007.
How it works:
By contributing money to a bounty or applying to a bounty as a developer you:
Submitting a bounty:
Haikuware has been collecting funds and distributing bounty money to Haiku developers since July 2007. The project began in 2005 as haikubounties.org. In combination, and as of Jan. 2012, we've awarded ~$24,000 to developers and Haiku Inc. bringing us to probably the second highest financial contributing organiztion to Haiku (after Google Inc).
Here are some reasons I continue to manage these bounties after all these years: