I have been thinking lately about how much I’ve gained from the use of all the free software on my machine. All the tools I use daily, that someone took the time to sit down and code and release under a Free Software license. When I write little scripts and release those I feel like I’m contributing a little bit back to the community, but I doubt I could ever repay everything I’ve used. Even if I wrote a hundred applications and contributed them all back I think I’d still be in debt to the free software community as a whole.
For this reason I have decided to donate a percentage of this sites income back to a Free Software / Open Source project each month. The AdSense on this site has given me added incentive to continue blogging, and now I feel like I have a responsibility to give back where I am able.
What does this mean for the site?
It doesn’t mean much really. It means that AdSense will continue to be a part of this site, just like it always has. It means ads may appear in the RSS feed after a time as well. I do promise, however, that I will never go beyond text-based ads.
How can I help?
If you would like to help in donating to a Free Software project along with me you have two options.
First, you can make sure that you don’t block the text-based ads on this blog or RSS, or occasionally visit a link. If you use AdBlock or AdBlock Plus it is simple to selectively allow ads on a particular site. Just by your viewing the ad a small bit of revenue is generated, which can be donated to a Free Software Project.
Second you can donate directly to a project of your choice. See the list below for projects that I have collected so far.
I will choose a project from the below list each month and post which project and the donated amount on the site. I feel that is the responsible thing to do considering each of you is helping with the donation amount as you visit the site. You should know what is being done with it.
For the month of July 2007 I will donate 25%. This number may go up based on the amount generated.
The Free Software Donation List (feel free to comment with additions)