Summary: to support future Firefox versions, we need new software, new hardware and your help. Give what you can. Thank you!
April 21, 2012
Hello, Firefox friends and Night Launch neighbors,
I need your help to keep NASA Night Launch in flight. We need to buy a lot of software, buy some new hardware, and pay related expenses. This is more than I can handle on my own, so I need your help to pay for it. Yes, you.
- First, looking ahead, this project is facing a lot of change in the software world. We have new versions of Windows on the horizon; new versions of Mac OS X out now; and new versions of Firefox coming out faster than ever. Touch-enabled devices are here in a big way, and here to stay. We need to be able to develop and test on this range of platforms, and we need the hardware to run it all on.
- Second, we need to continue with our current web site hosting infrastructure to deliver the beta builds and information that you need.
- Finally: connectivity. My current data plan is, frankly, cruel and inhuman. More to the point, it's no longer adequate to the demands of this project. Too many bits, too many pixels, too small of a pipe. Considering near-daily updates for the new Firefox Nightly/Aurora/Beta build channels, Firefox source code tree updates, the rapid pace of Firefox and add-on updates, and the need to keep multiple machines up to date .. this project is consuming bandwidth like never before. Time that should be spent on the project is instead spent juggling downloads and, insanely enough, trying not to use the net too much. No; just no. Time for a bandwidth upgrade.
Scroll down to see the itemized list. Bottom line, we need to spend about $5663.00 USD for necessary improvements. And that, of course, is where you come in. :)
I wouldn't ask if I didn't need it, but I do, so I'm asking.
If you've ever wondered when .. the time is now. Yes, today. How much we get determines how much we can do.
Give a lot. Give a little. Give a dollar. Just make sure you give something.
Thanks for your support.
These are the expenses we need to cover with this fund-raiser.
Maybe more than you might think, but not so much if everyone does their little part. You know what to do. And thanks again. :)