Giving back to the KDE Community

Aaron Honeycutt honeycuttaaron3 at
Fri Jun 12 03:19:55 UTC 2015

KDE eV has the money to pay for development, sprints and other important
things, but Kubuntu people do not all have access to funds for things such
as that so we have donations to help. Do I believe we should help? sure but
I think packaging KDE software and putting it out there to the users of
*the largest KDE environment* is big help as well. Also we are not the only
distribution out there.

On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 6:48 PM Vishesh Handa <vhanda at> wrote:

> 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.
> Regards,
> Vishesh Handa
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