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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RE: Not donating to distros.
by moondevil on Thu 11th Oct 2012 08:52 in reply to "Not donating to distros."
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So the effort of packing all those projects into an usable experience is worthless?

Are you building your own distribution then?

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No, that is not what I am saying.
I do roll my LFS distro BTW but that does not matter to the point.
The effort of packaging IS worthy.
What I'm saying is that:
The packaging is the final step. You have to take into account all the effort and weight it. When you buy a commercial operating system like Windows for $100/year, something like $1 goes to the packaging an 99$ goes to development. With free software, the opposite is happening.
The effort required to package the software into a distro is relatively easy when compared to develop the software, espicially since the developers use autotools and even go as far as providing rpm spec files and stuff. Look at all the Debian spins. Sometimes, it's just a new wallpaper and some software selection.
Ubuntu is about Unity and the community. They put some real efforts in developing the community. They is worth something but don't forget the montain they sit on. The software they use is worth a lot, starting with Debian and GNU.

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RE: Not donating to distros.
by jangoboy on Fri 12th Oct 2012 03:24 in reply to "Not donating to distros."
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