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Don't want Windows spying on your every move? Don't feel like spending hours messing with privacy settings that ultimately still result in data collection? Think your private information belongs to you and no one else? Or maybe you just want a faster PC and don't like all the new "features" Windows has to offer.
We think so too, so we made Blackbird V6.
That last sentence may be a bit misleading.
While Blackbird is the result of a lot of support from a lot of people, including family, friends, beta testers & hardcore fans, it is in fact developed and maintained by one guy.
Software development can be tricky, especially with tools like Blackbird. It takes an enormous amount of time to research and properly execute a way to tactically "break" a largely undocumented and complex closed-source system to effectively block possible privacy and security issues.
I can't, and frankly refuse to, spend so much of my free time on Blackbird going forward. Don't get me wrong, I was amazed and humbled by all the kind words from fans all over the world and I always will be. I even met and became good friends with some of you.
I am however willing to be employed by you. Here's my proposal:
- 40 hours a week dedicated to research & development.
- I can guarantee a new release at least once a month.
- Officially open-sourcing Blackbird.
- A public, ad-free, forum hosted on the Get Blackbird homepage.
- Unlimited tech-support with the actual developer - 16 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- I remain an independent developer, keeping Blackbird free and ad-free for everyone.
- A free, GUI version of Blackbird.
An early design mock-up.
All this for 1500 $ a month. I'd go lower if it wasn't for the local 30% tax law. I can get a job that pays more but I would rather work for my users.
If the goal is not met all development is paused and only resumed when, or if, the goal is achieved (any bug-fix releases are of course exempt from this)*. Blackbird will still remain free and ad-free forever, as promised, available for everyone, whether or not any goals of this campaign are achieved.
*Sometimes you'll also see new feature releases regardless, just cuz you're awesome and I can't bring myself to hold out on you guys.
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