I was going to start this week’s issue with some words about open-source funding before getting to my main point, but it’s too important to bury below my usual twaddle, so here we go.

The Swift Package Index needs your help.

Sven and I are proud of what we have managed to build over the last two years, but unfortunately, it has become clear that our plans to make it financially sustainable are nowhere near sufficient.

Our hosting costs are covered thanks to the generous sponsorship from MacStadium and Microsoft Azure, but it’s about more than hosting costs. Even outside of feature development (like the auto-hosted DocC documentation we launched recently), the project demands significant effort from us. Unlike many open-source projects made up of library or utility code, the package index is a living website that requires near-constant attention.

We launched a GitHub Sponsors site back in October 2020, and I want to express my genuine thanks to the 61 members of this community that generously support the project there. We’re so grateful for you. Thank you. We also took on some corporate sponsors, and I want to thank Stream and Runway for their kind support. It’s very much appreciated.

Unfortunately, it’s nowhere near enough. We don’t want to increase the amount of corporate sponsorship on the site, so we are appealing today to see if we can make community-based sponsorship work. We do get new GitHub sponsors every few weeks, but we also naturally lose people, and the amount/month has stayed approximately flat at around $300/month since we first launched it. Of course, that’s not a trivial amount of money, but split between two people, it only covers a fraction of the time we put into the project.

Your support would be greatly appreciated if you find the Swift Package Index useful. Even better, if your company supports open-source projects, maybe suggest that this would be a worthwhile project to get behind? We’re not yet at a critical stage with funding, but we will need to make difficult decisions later this year if nothing changes.

Please consider sponsoring the Swift Package Index on GitHub sponsors. Thank you.

Your help sharing this message as widely as possible would also be very much appreciated. 🚀

Dave Verwer  





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