Fwd: Another round of paid work for Tomasz?

Mark Doliner mark at kingant.net
Thu Dec 5 13:16:13 EST 2013

See Tomasz's response below (non-board members aren't allowed to post
to this list, so I'm forwarding).

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From: Tomasz Wasilczyk <twasilczyk at pidgin.im>
Date: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 5:02 AM
Subject: Re: Another round of paid work for Tomasz?
To: Mark Doliner <mark at kingant.net>, "board at imfreedom.org" <board at imfreedom.org>

W dniu 05.12.2013 09:58, Mark Doliner pisze:

> (Tomasz: Could you maybe send us a short list of the changes you've
> made? Like, high-level functionality changes or security problems
> fixed.)

Here is the short and rough list of major changes done:
- keyrings support (re)implemented and integrated
- new HTTP API finished and integrated
- win32 build revived with up to date dependencies from a single,
trustworthy source (openSUSE's mingw32 repository); polished build
process and other issues fixed;
- some minor bugs or crashes fixed, compilation warnings (including
these shown by newly added gcc switches) fixed;
- OTR ported to pure libpurple plugin, using newly written E2EE API
and extended Request API for its needs. It's currently under a code
review, I will integrate it as a in-tree plugin as soon as my changes
are merged into main pidgin-otr branch.

Some of these were described on my blog [1].

In the meantime, I've also been working on non-donated tasks:
- initial VV implementation for win32;
- improving Gadu-Gadu protocol support.

> Our contact at Google tells us that they would again like to donate
> some money earmarked for further work by Tomasz. He didn't mention the
> amount. I've been assuming another $10,000, but I suppose it could
> quite possibly be less. I'm guessing probably not more. Again the
> exact set of changes are left at our discretion. Tomasz came up with
> an initial list that I pasted to the bottom of this email.

Actually, we've been talking about the amount of $20,000, as I roughly
estimated the amount of work and time needed for these tasks to be no
less than twice greater.

I didn't knew that our contact hadn't passed you this information.
Most probably, he didn't knew that I didn't passed it either. I think
we should communicate a bit more.

> - Google donates some amount of money again. I'll ask our contact to
> limit it to no more than $10,500, for the sake of this discussion so
> we have an upper-bound in mind for the amount. This would happen
> probably within the next 2 weeks.

Consequently to the amount I mentioned above, I'd like to ask you to
raise this amount. We haven't been talking about covering PayPal's
handling fee, so I'm not sure if they donate $20000, $20500 or $21000.
However, I see no problem in covering all costs from the $20,000 pool
if needed.

> Here's the initial list of work that Tomasz came up with:

The list contains all my ideas to improve the project, that I liked
the most and/or our Google contact approved or suggested by himself
(the Adium libpurple3 release).


[1] https://blog.wasilczyk.pl/en/tag/pidgin-security-grant/
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