PremiseThe project Netsukuku is alive, and under active development.
Nonetheless it is a fact that advancements with the development of the software come at a very slow pace, though they are real and quite continuous.
I think that it is important that the fundamental features of the project may be implemented more quickly; those features are also realistically feasible.
The ideaFor quite some time I think about trying the way of crowd funding as a means for me to be able to devote myself to the development continuously. Crowd funding is a mechanism to raise funds for a project by donation pledges, that are usually of low amount. These pledges become real donations only if, within an expiration period, their total amount grows up to the minimum requirement for the project.
ProposalI evaluated that, if I can reach an amount of 15,000 € (circa 20,000 $), I would be able to work on the project part-time (4 hours a day) for one year. This would imply, indeed, that I cannot work full-time for my current employer.
The reason why I thought that I could make this proposal is that, if we focus on the aspect of the production of the software in Vala and consequently its installation on embedded devices with OpenWRT, that I am the only developer working on it. This continuously for over 18 months, though only in my spare time.
I still have to choose the funding platform (kickstarter.com, fundageek.com, ipledg.com, eppela.com, ...) and make all the steps for the presentation of the project. Anyway in the meantime, I wanted to test the waters on this community and with some contacts of mine. Soooo, what do you think?