Developing Software as Charity?

AJ ONeal coolaj86 at
Sat Dec 18 17:20:54 UTC 2010

Let me know what you find out.

Right now I'm hiring some guys in India to do work for me that I'm open

The end product will use the tools that they're writing, but the whole
technology community will benefit from having these tools (which will in
turn generate more tools that I may end up using for my product).

I would be very willing to hire someone to create just about every component
of my product as an open source module and then tie the modules together
myself with a UI.

AJ ONeal

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On Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 3:52 AM, Thomas Koch <thomas at> wrote:

> Jimmy Kaplowitz:
> > Hi AJ,
> >
> > On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 12:16:20AM -0700, AJ ONeal wrote:
> > > I was thinking more along the lines of something like this:
> > >
> > > I suggest that a free software organization of some sort produce some
> > > sort of software.
> > > I donate the money necessary to fund the development of said software.
> > >
> > > I benefit from the donation, but so does everyone else.
> > >
> > > Perhaps there is no such organization currently in place.
> Hi,
> while you're discussing this, may you also consider the opposite case? I'd
> like to work full time developing free software. People who pay me for
> this,
> should be able to deduct my payment from taxes.
> There'd need to be a charity which employs me. Maybe the charity would need
> to
> restrict it's services only to other charities for this model to work.
> I'll be funemployed from march next year and plan to discuss this question
> with a local tax officer. I live in Switzerland a few meters away from the
> German border.
> Best regards,
> Thomas Koch,
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