The mosquitto project has, or can get, access to a wide variety of different systems to help with development. One important platform for which this is not true is Mac OS X. There are sufficient differences between Macs and other systems that this makes life difficult.
To this end, I would like to reach out to the mosquitto community to ask for help with obtaining either
- A remote login on a Mac system
- Donation of hardware
- Donation of money to buy some hardware
I have been offered a remote account by a few individuals in the past, for which I'm very grateful, but only on a short term basis and, understandably, with limited control. Something on a longer term, with the ability to install packages would be much more useful. Unfortunately I realise this is relatively difficult to offer.
On the hardware side of things, there isn't a need for a modern, powerful computer. A second hand Mac Mini of Core2Duo vintage with 1GB RAM and a reasonably modern version of Mac OS X would be quite sufficient, and ideal for me in terms of the space it takes up. Regrettably I feel I would have to turn down offers of an old iMac or Mac Pro.
2007-era Mac Minis go on Ebay UK for around £100. I'm hopeful that there is a company out there using mosquitto, likes Macs and for whom £100 would be a drop in the ocean. If so, or any individuals want to help out with a small donation towards this, please get in touch directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or head over to the downloads page to see the paypal donation link, and thanks very much in advance.
Update: I have now awaiting delivery of a Mac mini. Thanks very much to all of you that have contributed, it is very much appreciated. If you would still like to support mosquitto development please don't let this put you off...