On the subject of my recent blog about funding Eclipse committers with taxes...
Some people have commented saying it's the worst idea they've ever heard.
That was kind of the point :-)
I was trying to be subtle (maybe too subtle), but the whole thing was really intended as an exercise in why I think the notion of taxation isn't going to work.
The best hope you have of getting taxation to work is to do exactly the opposite of what IMHO you should be trying to do. I.e. in order to try to get the tax to succeed, you end up shooting yourself in the foot by making it harder to contribute, and hence you probably lose more help than you would ever gain.
My point as well was that in order to fund developers at the Eclipse Foundation, it's going to take a lot of money. I don't think some people have been appreciating the scale of it, so the lousy idea of taxing committers hopefully illustrates that the amount of money required for even a token effort is not going to be easy to get, regardless of the source. You can't just wave a magic wand and say "we'll ask people to donate it!" Half a million dollars is a LOT of money.
Is there a viable way to raise the money on a recurring basis? I honestly don't know. I'm open to suggestions.