davilla Wrote:"As for your other question, the Tegra2 dev kit costs $400. Pretty steep entry cost for devs that work for free. Interest with working on Tegra2 depends on several things, a) access to hardware and b) desire to spend the time working on it. a) will be dealt with in due time, b) there's high interest not only with XBMC devs but other devs as well. Plus Tegra2 is just ARM+OpenGL/ES+OpenMax. There are other ARM chipsets that are similar so instead of XBMC on Tegra2, you should think XBMC for ARM instead.
XBMC has a forum full of people asking for advice on which hardware they should get to best run XBMC on. Don't you think that people would be willing to support development for something like this? Especially people who are considering the Tegra 2 hardware and tablets coming out.
I'm curious because I have an idea for having a somewhat detailed fund raising/donate page that would facilitate sub-projects like this (at least that's the idea). I've got a little mark up here http://docs.google.com/View?id=ddrrgv5m_2dw5f7rck
I just see how many people use/are involved in this project and I find it somewhat incredible that developers all work on it as a 'hobby'. Don't you guys think that people would support paying full-time developers for the project, especially if you were really transparent about how you collected donations and where they were going?
I mean, if I was considering a Tegra 2 tablet for media playback and I wanted to use XBMC on it, what would my options be? Contribute to the development (but only if I already know how to develop and have the time to devote to it), or what, wait until you guys have taken care of it? Maybe I could post a lot in the forums to show how interested I am in the forums and promise to do bug testing (again, a decent hurdle for people, I'm trying all I can to learn about open source projects and I still have a pretty vague idea of how to test and debug and file reports). I just feel like there are people who want to be involved in open-source projects and want to support them even if they're not programmers. I think that using a donations page as a way to pitch the project and show where it's going (or possible additions), and see where people want to donate to support would extend the reach of who can get involved and how. At least it would be a step up from the basic 'feature request' sections. And I'm sure that you could easily raise the money if there was a way to pitch for a $400 development board and raise money for it on a more fine-grained donate page.
I threw this idea up on the general discussion forum, so I'm sorry if I'm sticking myself in where I don't add anything. But I'm really curious as to what the people who develop this amazing project would think of something like this.