Want to sponsor but you don't know what or how? Feel free to contact email@example.com
for further questions!
What you get for your sponsoring ...
Money | Hardware (Server,
Well, first and most important of all: an improved, live and moving forward project. Sponsoring buys time for OGo contributors to work on
the opensource offerings instead of being required to acquire money
with non-OGo related efforts.
Sponsoring of (cash) money ...
Besides that OGo is a website with a significant number of visitors. We
can provide listing in the sponsoring section
and/or post news on the frontpage. This is subject to negotiation and
depends on the actual sponsoring.
Contribution of cash money is currently discouraged because OpenGroupware.org does not yet exist as an own entity. Instead you
should rather "buy" something which improves OGo - like fixes to
specific or arbitary bugs or enhancement requests. This is almost as easy as direct sponsoring, but is backed by a proper invoice.
Anyway, if you just to want to say 'thank you' and sponsor some arbitary
amount, use Paypal ;-):
Sponsoring of hardware ...
Always required for computer related work ... hardware. First of all:
we don't need junk hardware! Development work requires fast and current
Hosting hardware ...
Right now we have sufficient hardware capacities for hosting the OGo project itself (webserver, CVS server, etc) and we are running into
rackspace limitations anyway.
Developer desktop hardware ...
Some OGo developers complain about noisy and slow hardware as well as about
bad screens. If you have a heart, sponsor those starving developers some
high quality flat displays (17 inch an up) and fast+silent machines! ;-) It will be appreciated a lot in day-to-day OGo work.
MacOSX hardware ...
Developers also love fast and stylish laptops to be able to work for OGo whenever and whereever possible!
The most requested hardware port is OGo on MacOSX / PPC. Unfortunately
gcc compilation on regular G4 machines like the iMac is extremely slow which makes porting no fun at all which in turn makes progress slow.
Sponsoring of development ...
So in case you want to help MacOSX porting efforts, sponsoring fast
Apple machines should help a *lot*. Preferred are Xserve G5 for rack
installation. Minimum system would be a dual G4 which is still pretty slow for the task at hand.
One of the best ways to sponsor OpenGroupware.org is to sponsor development
efforts, that is, to pay developers for their work. There is a broad range
of things to sponsor, from small issues like minor bugfixes up to complete
ports to new hardware or integration with other groupware clients.
Bug fixing ...
The OGo project leads also manage contribution pools so that a larger
feature doesn't need to be paid by a single person.
The best way to get a bug fixed is not complaining about it, but rather
paying some money to get it fixed. Compared to the size of the project, OGo
has very few bugs - and most of the issues listed are rather minor ones or
specific to some setup and mostly necessary to improve the overall quality of the server.
Enhancement requests ...
All OGo bugs are tracked in public in the
Just for reference: of course bugs get fixed without any payment - just takes
more time and may not process specific issues:
OGo gets loads of enhancement requests of various kinds. Some are trivial
things easy to implement in a day, some are more complex additions
that would require major efforts. Especially the complex additions can hardly
be implemented in the sparetime of the OGo developers and therefore require
Larger projects ...
Like the bugs, OGo enhancement requests are tracked in the
In addition to the "regular" enhancement requests, there are some larger,
known projects which require significant funding. OGo project leads can
also manage fund-pools so that development can start once enough sponsors
could be found.
Note that often it is also quite useful to fund a project "kick-off" - that
is, instead of paying for the whole project, rather fund the setup and initial design. Its much more likely that people jump in and help with an
already running project instead of starting from scratch.
Some examples for projects that take more time and require funding:
Native Connector for Ximian Evolution
Work on improved Integration with Mozilla Calendar
Mozilla XUL based (online) OGo specific Interface
SyncML Synchronisation Support in ZideStore
Support for Entourage WebDAV Calendar Access
Document Discussion System
Improved Integration of the Documentstorage into OpenOffice.org
Replication of Data between OGo Servers
Full Unicode Support
Samba 3 Backend
Fulltext Queries on Documents
Support for the MySQL Database
Note: We also encourage developers to signal interest in the implementation
of one of such tasks! Just let the OGo leads know, what amount of money you
would require for a specific feature.
Sponsoring of OGo Marketing ...
OpenGroupware.org staff now and then visits or wants to visit tradeshows, fairs or developer conventions, for example the
What we need on this front are all kinds of marketing materials - for example
OGo posters, t-shirts, flyers etc. Things like this are not necessarily
expensive, yet by giving out information on fairs we can increase the visibility of the project leading to even more contributors and a growing user base.
In addition we of course appreciate sponsoring of booths and of travel and
overnight expenses - especially in case of events taking place outside of
... please let us know if you would like to sponsor the OpenGroupware.org
project - write mail to firstname.lastname@example.org!