the penguin

Open source projects and donations

Not long ago, I had an argument with a guy on a forum I used to be an active member of. This moron, in order to make his case, publicly implied that the main reason I ask for donations for the Archphile project is in order to buy some new speakers. He knew (from a post I wrote about it) that I am in search of a new pair of speakers after many years; he wanted to harm my public image, so he decided that it was time to backbite me.

Of course no one cares about this moron, but this story made me feel bad once again with what people (don’t) understand about donations.

Let me explain below:

It doesn’t mean that all the developers who maintain various open source projects and keep asking for your donations, that don’t have a good job or enough money to spend in their everyday life.

There are projects that actually need donations in order to survive but this is not always the case.

Donating is a kind gesture, a way to say thanks to someone (or a team) that spent time (and resources) to make something that you found useful.

In fact, a large part of the donations I receive goes itself as a donation to other projects that without them Archphile would not exist.

To sum up, if you use an open source project and they accept donations, please send them 1 euro, just to say thanks.

Trust me! Your 1 euro will make someone’s day better!

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