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Wed 04 February 2009

The Twisted project is getting ready for another round of fund-raising.

Like last year, we'll be centering this effort around PyCon.  This year, we have a year's track-record for our potential sponsors to evaluate us on.

During this year of sponsored development, we closed a record number of tickets this year.  Partially this is due to the work that JP has done himself, partially it is due to the increased rate at which users' contributions have been reviewed.

Aside from raw numbers, funding has allowed us to dedicate the sustained effort required to deal with very old, very unpleasant, very difficult issues like properly handling child process termination and the development of a new, better HTTP client.

But we can't keep this up without help.  Unless you've been living in a very deep hole, you know that the world's economy has exploded and a lot of companies are feeling the pain.  It will be harder in this tough climate to convince companies that this is a good time to invest in software which "doesn't cost anything".

At the same time, we believe that we could get an even better outcome for the Twisted project if we can allocate more funds this year.  We could upgrade from part-time to full-time maintenance, do more new development, and possibly even fund a Twisted conference.

This is where you come in.  The people responsible for raising funds for Twisted are mostly the same people who write code for it.  The more help we can get from you — the developers who use Twisted — the more of our spare time we can spend writing code.

If you are interested in helping with this, especially if you have experience doing fund-raising, please let us know on the mailing list.  This is a great opportunity for those of you who would really like to give something back to Twisted but haven't had the opportunity to contribute code.

(Of course, if you don't have the time to help with fundraising either, you can always make a small personal contribution using the form on the front page of twistedmatrix.com.  Every little bit helps, and donations are tax-deductible.)

I would be remiss if I did not mention that the Software Freedom Conservancy has been extremely helpful in helping us collect donations, manage our accounts, and deal with the legal paperwork of establishing a non-profit.  Without their help we would likely not have had the collective attention span to establish a foundation and lay the foundations that now allows us to collect tax-exempt donations.  If you are contributing to Twisted, please consider contributing something to the SFC as well.