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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RE: Deserving
by Morgan on Thu 11th Oct 2012 13:01 UTC in reply to "Deserving"
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So you would donate to Microsoft or Apple then? And I don't mean donating by buying their product. I mean buying their product and then sending them money on top of it just because you use their products daily and enjoy them. I think most people would find that very odd; the whole idea of a donation is to support an entity or individual who is not already rolling in cash.

Fact is, Ubuntu is a product of a commercial venture. While you don't pay for the OS outright, you pay in other ways, most recently via the Amazon shenanigans. Just because they use open source software in their product doesn't mean they are a charity case. Overall Ubuntu is a great distro and I'm glad it exists, especially since it has brought new blood into the user base. But I'm not comfortable donating to such a large commercial venture, especially since they already make money off of each installation.

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RE[2]: Deserving
by pfortuny on Thu 11th Oct 2012 13:32 in reply to "RE: Deserving"
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No *I* would not do that. But there may be people who would and why should it be weird? You promote what you think is best, do you not? and the way you think is best.

One does not need to be a charity to get funding. One just needs to ask for it (and be legally able, obviously).

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RE[3]: Deserving
by Morgan on Thu 11th Oct 2012 16:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Deserving"
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Maybe it's the capitalist in me, but I feel that a company should be able to stand on its own feet based on product sales. If a company is in need of donations, they should reevaluate their business model.

Indeed, I do find it weird that a profitable company is seeking donations, and I would find it equally weird to donate to a thriving company, whether it's Canonical, Microsoft, Google, or even lesser companies who turn a profit. Again, maybe that's just because I'm an American. We still tip our servers so who's to say we are correct?

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