Sven wrote:TeXnicCenter showed me, that the open source idea does not work for small software -- even not for a successfull software like TeXnicCenter.
I've got your point. However there should be a way to do it. Somehow open source works for all this small projects around. Anyway, it's a quite interesting conversation to continue.
No way the project of this size could support a team of professionals without a generous help of some grant or a company. Things like Google labs could be an option. It is easier to believe in a one-man-project, with volunteer help appreciated. In this case the income money is easier to handle... Let's take the case of Notepad++. It is actively developed. From what I've got, he's getting money from donations and the shop, selling some stuff with his logo. Not sure if he works full time on this project though. Or MiKTeX, which is another one-man successful project, living on donations, afaik. So is it pays off for them or how do they do it?
Getting back to TXC. From what I've got, even if someone would send you a patch you would not implement it and release a new version? But you are willing to give the whole project to a new guy? Aside of forking the code, what would happened to the website, domain name etc.? Theoretically, it is possible just to fork it to add a few features here and there. But then it would quickly turn into a non maintanable spaghetti code. But it is not maintained anyway