Infinity Interactive, the people who brought you Moose, contributed $313 USD to Specify module version ranges in Pinto to send the Crowdtilt campaign over it’s minimum amount, $USD4096, so money is now collected from the 112 contributors so far. It took three weeks to reach this amount, and there are still six days left to contribute, if you want to help it reach its secondary goals of $5000 USD and 200 contributors. As far as we know, this is the first Perl open source work to be crowd-funded through direct contributions, mostly from individuals.
Crowdtilt, which uses Perl’s Dancer web framework, created a special deal for the campaign in which they waived their usual cut of the money raised, and offer that same deal to other Perl projects run through them with the offer code “perl-love”. Not only that, they contributed real money to the campaign.
Jeff Thalhammer, the guy who brought you Perl::Critic, will receive all of the money for his work on Pinto, the framework he’s set up to manage private CPANs where you get to choose the modules and distributions to include, even if they are not the most recent. The title feature, version ranges, is something many people have wanted for a long time since the public CPAN clients and build systems work with a minimum or latest version only. However, giving Jeff the flexibility to work on this full time will have other benefits to Pinto. Even if you didn’t contribute, you still get the feature since Pinto is on CPAN and all of this work will show up soon in later versions.