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The Economics of Open Source Donations

Aug 04, 2007, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sharma)

"Donations play a crucial role in supporting Free and Open Source Software projects. At times readers will write in to share their positive experience with a utility or program or a distribution that I have written about. Now don't confuse them with your average technical-bent-of-mind Linux user. These are accountants, home-office businessman, and even carpenters and plumbers, who've saved a lot of money thanks to open source software. And they have one question in mind--how do I help the person behind the program?

"I generally recommend everyone to find the project's forum boards, or IRC channel, or mailing list and try and help other new users. Some do, and eventually even graduate to write documentation, like simple installation steps or how to install dependencies, in forum board posts..."

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