SexyJesus writes: "Discontent with Final Cut Pro X is not hard to find, from analysts upping competitors’ stock ratings to Apple quietly issuing refunds to unhappy customers. Not many software releases have Conan O'Brien poking fun. Rather than simply airing their grievances, some notable filmmakers and a mass of disenchanted users have thrown their weight behind a crowdfunded free software alternative named Novacut. WSJ’s “New Media Mogul” Arin Crumley pumps the project in nine minutes of video while leading HDSLR cinematographer Phillip Bloom has signed on as a beta tester. A day prior the project deadline, Novacut’s number of backers dwarfs the Kickstarter average, exceeding the combined total for the 12 most recently successful projects (at the time of writing “Bent Knee” to “30 Mosques in 30 Days“).
Last year, it was an open question whether Diaspora’s crowdfunding success was a model for other projects or an anomaly fueled by Facebook privacy concerns. A year and a half later, it is still hard to say. Is mainstream backlash a prerequisite for open source crowdfunding success? Or is crowdfunding software projects an approach still too young to judge?"