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Tue, 31 May 2011 14:40:07 +0200
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what about introducing a kind of Emacs-Shop, where
people may download and even order extensions.
Some non-free editors are ahead in certain areas,
because they offer special tailored features.
Basically Emacs may deliver that likewise - all together
and finally even better.
However, writing Emacs extensions needs a level of
skills and investments, which is likely to distract
from tasks people face already.
So why not ask for a decent fee by courtesy, while
establishing a form, where extensions might be
requested for, negotiated,
sponsors and contributions collected.
For example let's have a place to download Emacs with
XML Schema Mode implemented, which might require $ 10.
Assume enough people welcome that, who wouldn't care
for that amount. Nonewithstanding it's code will be
free, students and others, who might notice $10, should be
able to get it from the archive. Paying should be a
courtesy, not a requirement.
Think delivering some revenue for contributors might
attract developers, speed up Emacs development process
and interest in.
What do you think?