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Funding App Manager, 2024

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The funding campaign for App Manager, 21 December 2023 to 31 March 2024

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$66.01 USD

Total raised

$3,285.99 USD

Total disbursed

$3,219.98 USD

Estimated annual budget

$1,667.88 USD

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All the projects I work on are hobby projects. However, with a growing number of users and requests since its release in May 2020, App Manager has become more than a hobby project. It currently has  243,000 lines of code (24,000 new lines since December 2022) and roughly 5,200 commits among which some 3,150 commits are my own. It is packed with so many features that one cannot count all of them, but at the same time, it is designed in such a way that most features are invisible to the users unless they look carefully. This design makes App Manager complex yet free from clutter. Most importantly, it offers a modern user interface based on latest technologies such as Material 3 and supports a wide range of devices (from Android Lollipop to Android 14) including Android tablets and TV. It also provides an extensive Documentation (in a website and within the app) with support for a few languages. This is why, within the 3 years of its existence, it has been downloaded over 190,000 times (110,000 more since December 2022) from GitHub (in addition to how many times it has been downloaded from F-Droid, IzzyOnDroid, or other unofficial channels) despite it being completely absent from the mainstream app stores such as Google Play Store, and no advertisements. Thanks to the translators, it has also been translated or is actively being translated into 33 languages. 
 
With more users comes more responsibilities as the number of issues and feature requests is ever on the increase. Those who are following the project from the start know that there used to be a support group on Telegram which was discontinued, as it quickly grew to be unmanageable for me. Besides, with such a large codebase, more capable hardware are required to develop, emulate and test the application in various ways to ensure it functions properly. As I have mentioned in the Readme page in GitHub or the donation section elsewhere, App Manager does not support donation, it only supports funding. This is due to fact that short-term donations do not ensure the longevity of a project. With that in mind, I have since been looking for long-term funding by contacting institutes and foundations, but so far (and considering the fact that we’re living in a difficult situation due to COVID-19 and subsequent wars), I have yet to secure any long-term funding, which is becoming increasingly necessary to sustain the project. So, I have decided to restart the funding campaign for App Manager for a second time. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure the longevity of the project by ensuring a fixed funding.
 
The campaign will last from 21 December 2023 to 1 April 2024 (roughly 3 months). This is different from the regular donations in the sense that I expect people to donate however much they can within this time frame. Since this campaign runs for 3 months, recurring donations are also possible for at least two months. Unlike the last campaign, the campaign will run on both Open Collective where you can contribute using PayPal, bank accounts, credit/debit cards, GitHub, and Patreon. See the FAQ below for details.

Summary

Campaign duration: 21 December 2023 to 1 April 2024 (~3 months)
Target amount: $6,000
Campaign website: https://opencollective.com/app-manager
Available payment methods: PayPal, Bank accounts, credit/debit cards
Direct links: Open Collective - GitHub - Patreon
Contact:
- E-mail: muntashirakon [at] riseup [dot] net
- GitHub: https://github.com/MuntashirAkon
- X: @AppManagerNews
- Mastodon: @[email protected]
- Matrix: @muntashir:matrix.org
 
Please convey this information to others who might be interested in funding App Manager.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Can I donate anonymously? Open Collective supports guest donations where you can use a temporary email in the email section.
  2. Where will the funding be spent? The funding will be spent on buying new hardware, a domain, increasing my focus on open source projects in general by getting rid of other commitments, sending small gifts to the contributors and so on. Open Collective has an updates section where you will be able to see how the funding are being spent.
  3. Would you accept recurring donations after the campaign? If the campaign goes well, I will accept any donations for App Manager. In any case, you can still donate me via my page on Open Collective.
  4. I want to provide funding from my organisation. Can I contribute here? Yes, you can. However, if you are willing to contribute a large sum of money, you might want to contact me first.
  5. Does App Manager support bounties? No. App Manager only accepts funding. Features are prioritised according to the developer’s current state of mind.
  6. Why is Patreon added this time? A few people have suggested me to add Patreon as they were missing out due to the campaign being held only on Open Collective. However, Open Collective is still preferred over Patreon.
  7. Is there any advantage of donating via Patreon? No. Donations do not unlock any features or any additional support, both are provided for free. On the contrary, we prefer that you donate using Open Collective.

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News from Funding App Manager, 2024

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Funds transferred to my collective

As the 2022 funding campaign was not successful, I have transferred all the funds to my collective instead. You can still see how the funds are being used by visiting my collective page (ht...
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Published on August 13, 2022 by Muntashir Akon