Why donations are important

Razvan Stoenescu
May 27, 2019 · 5 min read

Quasar Framework is an MIT-licensed open-source project maintained by Razvan Stoenescu (me) along with my Team and a community of open source contributors. We work on behalf of the community to create new features, fix bugs, and maintain Quasar so you can get on with your own development projects. We’re working to shape the future of the Vue.js ecosystem to write code once and simultaneously deploy it as a website (SPA/PWA/SSR), a Mobile App and/or an Electron App.

Like most open source products, Quasar can’t do it alone. We rely on sponsors, backers and supporters to keep things going. When Quasar starts to bring you some financial stability, please be considerate of the tens of thousands of hours that went into its creation and send some money back to the team that made it possible. And finally, if your company relies on Quasar, the best way to guarantee that Quasar continues to be there for you is to invest in its maintenance!

Our Manifest

The dream of open source is a noble cause, where communities grow and code is nurtured. In line with the philosophy of Free Open Source, Quasar has committed itself to the principles of both the Sustainable free and open source community (SFOSC) and the tenets of Good Labs’ Greater Good Affirmation.

This means that Quasar is and always will be free and open source, a self-managed place where everyone who abides by the community rules is invited and encouraged to participate.

Participation is a Form of Collaborative Appreciation

Many open source projects, like the Quasar Framework and Vue.js, have been developed by people who work on behalf of their community on their own time, with no demand for financial compensation. This “code ownership” is actually a very important issue because the owners decide how things are to be further developed.

So who are these people? They are people, like you, in need of a certain feature and have found an open source solution, like Quasar. They are people who use the software and decided to contribute by helping to improve it.

Possibly they are passionate about coding and want a project to occupy their talents. There are many reasons to get involved in a community around an open source project. But the majority have one thing in common:

To give you a bit of perspective, as the lead developer and core-maintainer of Quasar, I’ve spent over 2000 hours during the development phases between 1.0.0-alpha.1 and 1.0.0-rc.1, during which time I logged more than 2000 commits and wrote half of a million lines of code.

The rest of the team and all of my staff working the chat support lines and fixing code are still (as of May 2019) unpaid volunteers working uncountable hours. They are slowly becoming more and more responsible for units of the project and are an invaluable resource for the community that we must safeguard.

Finanicial Sponsorship to Guarantee Maintenance

Nothing is certain, other than the fact that node_modules is still the heaviest thing in the universe and that at a certain point regular financial support of some kind is needed in order to guarantee the maintenance of large open-source projects. Reference.

That point in time for Quasar is right now and your support will make the difference.

If your business relies on open source you can hedge the risk of it disappearing by financially supporting it so that you can rest assured that the software will continue to be available for you.

As opposed to long-term licensing contracts for proprietary software, this model works because you encourage innovation, help to develop the next generation of developers and are implicitly empowered to participate in the discussion about features you need and issues you have found.

If open source becomes financially viable for those developing the projects, more people will get involved. If these developers are able to earn enough to support themselves, they are more likely to stay involved.

Many promising open source projects become “abandonware” because the original developers ran out of steam. The maintenance phase is actually where many open-source projects go to die. Money is a great type of community feedback that says “Stick with it and continue to maintain this project! We need you!!!”

What You Get Out of It

If you support open source, you become part of the community. It is a large community, but tends to be tightly knit. Your support shows you believe in the community, and that makes you a part of the family. If enough financial support comes together, it can also mean that core developers and maintainers are able to work on the project full-time rather than needing a job elsewhere in parallel. This in turn fosters an environment where they are able to process fixes and requests faster than if they were working on a “hobby” basis.

So maybe you are a business who uses open source software to give themselves a competitive advantage, improve profits, or simply solve a problem other software doesn’t cover. Perhaps you’re an individual who uses an open source solution to the expensive corporate software you just can’t afford. Like this.

Or you recognize that the millions of lines of code are lines you don’t have to write and are simply appreciative of the effort.

Whatever you use open source software for, think of those people who have spent long hours developing it and keeping it running for you.

Even a small donation could mean a huge difference to them, not least because it means someone out there appreciates them enough to let them know.

Thank you for reading this post to the end!

How to donate: https://quasar.dev/sponsors-and-backers#Donating

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