I received an e-mail notice today about Cofundos, a "community innovation @ funding" site, which launched last week. Cofundos looks like one possible solution to an often murky area in the open source software space: how to continue fueling development.
Suppose you find some open source software useful but it doesn't have commercial backing devoting regular developers (for example, Red Hat or
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it enables others to bid on elements of the project, apparently integrating those requests into the project roadmap. There is also the Open Source Experts site, which provides job listings and seems to formalize some of the requester/requestee interactions based on the funding scope. In other words, Open Source Experts identify projects as funded by a bid, call for tender, or grant. The identification depends on whether there is a minor feature, a full project, or if there is already a fund to promote