[Linux-aus] [Grant Application] Comprehensive Kerbal Archive Network
kathy at kathyreid.id.au
Wed May 3 14:39:01 AEST 2017
A courtesy reminder that community feedback on this Grant Application is
open until next Monday, 8th May and will be considered at Council
Meeting on Thursday 11th May.
On 24/04/17 03:17, Paul Fenwick wrote:
> G’day Linux Australia council and members,
> In August 2014 I founded the Comprehensive Kerbal Archive Network
> (KSP-CKAN <https://github.com/KSP-CKAN/CKAN>), a modifications (mod)
> manager for the popular Kerbal Space Program game by Squad. Inspired
> by the Debian packaging system, my goal was to create a system that
> would allow players to easily install mods and keep them up-to-date,
> supported by rich metadata so players could be assured they were
> getting the right packages for their system, including dependency
> management and upgrade paths.
> My not so secret mission was to inspire a new generation to be excited
> about space exploration and research.
> By creating a cross-platform (Mac/Linux/Windows), open-source (MIT)
> client and associated metadata (CC-0), the project has been a
> resounding success. We’ve attracted over 300 contributors, brought
> delight to well over 120,000 users, indexed thousands of mods, and
> measure our success in decades of human joy delivered per month.
> Most of the mods we index are also free and open source, and we handle
> the automatic preservation of these in conjunction with the Internet
> Archive. The KSP-CKAN is especially important for people using Kerbal
> Space Program for planning and simulating real space travel, using the
> Realism Overhaul stack. This provides an exact simulation of the solar
> system, authentic hardware, and faithfully modelled aerodynamics.
> We’ve had NASA employees personally devote their time to improving
> both the KSP-CKAN and associated systems.
> As we do not track our users, it’s hard to /directly/ measure our
> project success in terms of mods delivered, but we can use the number
> of client downloads and user contributions as a proxy. Since early
> 2016 we’ve routinely had over 100,000 downloads with each significant
> release, and over the last month
> <https://github.com/KSP-CKAN/NetKAN/pulse/monthly> we’ve had dozens of
> contributors working on our metadata and code.
> For the last two years, AWS have been kind enough to sponsor our
> compute costs, which are primarily used for the automated indexing of
> mods. However, that sponsorship has recently expired, and due to a
> change in contacts at AWS we’ve been unsuccessful at getting it reviewed.
> While I’ve stepped down as mission director, I’m still the legal
> entity responsible for hosting costs, and I'm very much supportive of
> the project and its goals. We're extremely fortunate to have Leon
> Wright as our prime infrastructure person. Leon is active in PLUG and
> the Perth open source community, has been instrumental in handling the
> video processing
> <http://www.techman83.me/programming/2014/01/20/eventstreamr.html> of
> past LCAs, and has kept our systems running for years.
> Our expenses are very modest; about $30 USD/month covers all our
> hosting and compute costs. Because the amount is so small, we’re
> hoping to have them covered by a single sponsor rather than via
> crowd-funding, as this keeps our administrative overheads to a minimum.
> To help us while we find another infrastructure sponsor, I’d like to
> apply for a Linux Australia grant to secure the KSP-CKAN’s hosting for
> another year. If at all possible, I would like to request the grant be
> paid in arrears (after the costs have been incurrred), and only for
> the actual costs of hosting. This both reduces our administrative
> work, and means we're not asking LA for more funding than we genuinely
> If we find an infrastructure sponsor before the end of the grant
> period, then we’ll only be asking for funding up until the changeover
> date. Of course, we welcome any LA member or organisation that wishes
> to cover our entire infrastructure costs for a year or more, but we'll
> cast our net more widely if need be.
> For this grant application, I’d like to request a maximum of $600 USD
> ($800 AUD) over the twelve months ending 30th April 2018 to help with
> our infrastructure. This is more than our projected expenses ($360 USD
> / $500 AUD) simply so we have some breathing space.
> As mentioned, we’ll only be seeking reimbursement for costs actually
> Many thanks again for your consideration, and I look forward to
> answering any questions you may have.
> Paul Fenwick
> Founder, Comprehensive Kerbal Archive Network
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> linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au
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