Morevna and Gnukhata
This post would try to give insight about couple of projects which I like and the challenges they face.
The first project which I came to know about 2-3 weeks back is the Morevna Project . The idea has been taken from Blender which has used to add functionality to itself through projects such as Big Buck Bunny, Plumiferos and soon Durian . The basic idea is to give teasers about the movie, ask people to order the movie beforehand and when they reach the target amount required for the movie, make the movie, develop the additional modules required to have the effects in the movie and then print the DVD’s and send them to people. Usually there is 4-6 months waiting period between the amount collected and this is known by people beforehand. Everything is transparent as they maintain a blog and let people know where things are. One can see the same on the durian project and also the ubuntu-massachusetts event for which they have asked for donations . I really like the way they have gone down giving idea people as to where the amounts would be used. I do hope they make a success out of it and also put some pics. after the event. One can find a bit more rationale from this blog post.
Now Gnukhata is a voucher-based accounting system. There are others are gnucash but it doesn’t work with our Indian way of doing things. The digital accounting market has been taken by a proprietary, commercial software which goes by the name Tally.
I was thinking of talking about Gnukhata after the Railway budget where I was hoping that Ms. Banerjee would take the opportunity to have a double-entry P&L Capital Account based accounting system as she had claimed in the white paper but she still wants to stick to the old accrual based accounting system . The newer system which she was talking about would have led to more transparency and less ‘creative accounting’ tricks which she had blamed her predecessor for. Of course after the Satyam fiasco we also don’t trust our auditors as well as can be seen here.
The only problem I really see with the Gnukhata project is they haven’t made any progress in giving people ideas as to how things are going. The only one one can know the progress of the project is by checking out the mailing list . They need to have a blog and be able to give a clear idea of the deliverables they expect to give within some rational timeframe. They could also use the donate option and people might be motivated to do the same but they have to make the first move.
Looking forward to see what comes out of the moverana project. Till later.