Giving back to the KDE Community

Vishesh Handa vhanda at
Thu Jun 11 22:48:02 UTC 2015

On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 11:15 PM, Scarlett Clark <sgclark at> wrote:
> Please note that some of us work enormous amounts of hours for zero
> compensation to both KDE and Kubuntu and rely on these donations to even
> attend Akademy.
> If this money is donated.. some of our top developers
> including myself will not even be able attend Akademy. We have relied on
> Ubunutu Flavor donations to get us there. Kubuntu does NOT have direct control
> over the flavors funding, we must apply for it and hope for the best. There is
> also a high chance  that it will no longer be available to us at all.
> As far
> as I understand Kubuntu does have a small nest egg set aside ( would barely
> cover 2 of us coming from the US) and I feel it is very important that this be
> kept safe in case we need it for future Akademy funding. I think the amount of
> time we put into KDE in quite alot of giving back, not to mention Blue systems
> that employs a few Kubuntu devs is already a sponsor. I completely understand
> KDE needs money, but this is not the right place to look. Perhaps try one of
> the larger distributions?

Hey Scarlett

I'm not sure why you suggest contacting other distributions. Kubuntu
is probably the largest one in the KDE environment, especially if you
look into the community-driven ones.

For some perspective: KDE eV is not exclusively about travel expenses
to Akademy. It uses its funds to maintain its trademarks,
infrastructure and fund sprints. We have dedicated developer sprints
such as Randa all around the year. KDE however lacks the reach to the
final end users on many occasions. It makes sense to start a
collaboration framework to make sure Kubuntu end users' donations help
making KDE better, as well as Kubuntu development, which admittedly is
only part of what Kubuntu offers as a product.

Blue Systems donates to both KDE and Kubuntu. That does not however
imply that Kubuntu and KDE's relationship cannot be extended on a
financial level. Specially since this relationship is in the best
interest of both organizations.

Vishesh Handa

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