tl;dr: would you be willing to donate $5 to support future development of BootChamp?
BootChamp began development in 2007 because it solved a problem for me. I personally used it because I wanted to play Windows games natively on my Mac. I published it as open source so others could utilize the program for themselves.
Up until last year I used BootChamp regularly and actively maintained it for all of the latest Mac OS X versions. However, my personal computing use has significantly changed recently. I no longer personally own a Mac. I had been using my work MacBook Pro, but it starts to get tiresome lugging that back and forth from work and home every day. More so, I am trying to separate my work and personal computing experiences, instead of merging them into one, which had been the case for years. I find this separation to be much healthier.
Therefore, development on BootChamp and my other personal projects has slowed. While there’s not a lot of room for BootChamp to grow, there are some updates I’d like to complete to modernize the app. That includes the replacement of a deprecated function that BootChamp uses to run the bless command as root. The replacement is a lot of work. Fortunately, I actually started this in September, but haven’t touched it since then, and it still needs additional work and testing. Along with this change, I’d also like to add some other features, such as the ability to boot into both OS X and Windows volumes, not require the Windows volume to be mounted, and the ability to mute the startup sound.
So here’s what I’m getting at. As I mentioned, I don’t own a Mac or have a Mac at home. I don’t work on my personal projects at my day job, obviously. The only time I do have is when I’d bring my laptop home from work and dedicate time for it. But that isn’t the most appealing thing to me now, especially since I no longer actively use BootChamp personally.
The alternative would be to buy a MacBook Air to use for development and testing. Realistically though, I can’t justify a $1,100 purchase. That’s a high expense for a project that generates no revenue.
I’m proposing that a small handful of users each donate $5 which would go towards the purchase of a MBA so I could more quickly complete the next major version of BootChamp and more easily maintain future updates.
BootChamp popularity and usage has increased recently. Here are a few mentions from around the web:
Lifehacker: BootChamp Loads Into Boot Camp from the Menu Bar
BrickFTP: 21 Mac Apps We Use Every Day
AppStorm: The 35 Best Free Apps for Your Mac in 2013
Here’s a graph of the number of downloads from February 2013 to January 2014:
September 2013 was the last release (version 1.5.2). I have no way of knowing how many active users there are, but there have been over 27,000 downloads since the last release. That’s a lot!
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