Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Oct 2012 22:37 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Donating to software projects - or, more accurately, open source projects. It's hardly new, it's hardly rare, and I'm sure most of us have donated at some point. That's probably why Canonical has opened Ubuntu up for donations - but with a twist.
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Not donating to distros.
by spiderman on Thu 11th Oct 2012 06:57 UTC
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I'm not donating to distros in general. I believe the distro makers are not the ones that deserve the money the most. Excuse me, they do deserve the money, but the distros are the most visible work to the users and they require the least work. In other word, they already receive the most money for working the least. That is why we have like 1000 distros.
Look, we have like 1000 distros, 50 desktop environments, like 10 or 20 browsers, 4 or 5 GUI toolkits, 2 or 3 kernels, 1 compiler.
So where does my money go? To the ones that are the most hidden and do the biggest work. I donate to upstream projects, like GNU.
If Ubuntu disappear tomorrow, it wouldn't hurt at all. I can just pick one of the 500 other Debian spins and the experience will not be affected, maybe that will even be better.
On the other hand, if gcc disappear, the whole free software landscape will be changed, if it survives.
So here is how my money should be split:
€100 to low level stuff (gcc, binutils, etc)
€10 to higher level stuff (Qt, gtk, etc)
€5 to DE (KDE, GNOME, etc)
€2 to applications (Firefox, liberOffice, etc)
€1 to core distros (Debian, Mageia, etc) - a core distro is a distro whose authors provide a significant advancement to free software, like apt-get or the mcc.
€0 to spin distros. There are too much of these already.

Edited 2012-10-11 07:01 UTC

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