I'll donate to this project.
P.S. - Sorry to hear about your personal situation.
About 2 months ago, I started developing an alternative GUI for Monero, and yesterday I published an alpha release.
|Technology||Web Application||QT4 Desktop Application|
|Portability||Windows, OSX, UNIX, Mobile in the future||Windows, OSX, UNIX|
|External Dependencies||libsodium, monero-wallet-cli, libwinpthread on Windows||None, libmonero is integrated|
When I first started developing, I submitted a request here for funding. I was overwhelmingly supported, without the thread making it to FFS. I was provided 500 XMR to continue development. The terms were as follows:
monero-wallet-cli's JSON RPC - it should be able to read balances and send Monero.
The alpha release moderately achieves these goals - you can use it to send Monero, generate payment ids / integrated addresses, and check your balance. It is still very flakey, though - some errors are not reported properly, and there are a lot of moving parts I want to seize. But, this release does work.
(I also need to build a Mac version - this should be painless. I just don't have access to a OSX machine. I'm also working on an ARMv7 build for raspberry pis.)
There are still some incomplete crucial components that I would like to complete:
monero-wallet-cliisn't installed, the GUI doesn't report it in a friendly way. For this task, I'll be eliminating the technical details the majority of users don't know about their operating system, and make it as user-friendly as possible.
monero-wallet-cliimplementations and the like in pure Haskell, for reference implementations, but this isn't a priority.
I'm asking for 2,000 XMR. With this funding, I'll accomplish all of the goals, and will provide support for 6 months.
Expected hourly costs / abelian milestones:
As an aside, please let me explain my personal situation; I'm living out of my car, which is broken down (head gasket blew, she's a gonner), and is gambling with impound. I've been a beggar for a really long time, but I write ridiculous software. The initial funding I was awarded was incredible, although I could only buy gift cards from Gyft. Now that I have a coinbase account, I can actually use this funding to fix my truck and get me off the street.
what are you doing better/different than the official gui? can you list a comparison of features where it would differ?
without answer to this questions i consider support of this proposal unwise.
I'd donate to this project. This guy blasted this beta out in crazy fast time, and I think it'd be great to have another awesome and speedy developer hanging around. Sure, it would be more awesome if he did for the benefit of mankind, but people gotta eat.
@athan - I'm curious - in the SE, you mention "I've already found a few quirks about monero-wallet-cli that in my eyes shouldn't need to exist because I work at a higher level. " Could they be fixed?
In general, I think it'd be great to have multiple GUIs. I also just think its great to have multiple hard core coders hanging around and doing Monero related things.
The bugs can definitely be fixed, but it's just a matter of finding them - that's one of the best things about type theory. Check out this report of CompCert vs. other C compilers: http://compcert.inria.fr/motivations.html
But as for 5k xmr being too pricey; I understand, but I can't really wait for the price to moon, that's the issue - I have to get this truck fixed asap, and will be spending a lot of the monero immediately. I also wanted to allocate that much so I would be able to dedicate months, if not years to monero in general. How much would you suggest I ask for?
Thank you for all your support @Gingeropolous :)