Open source software (and even the podcasts that you love) have lots of expenses. People work for little or no money, while doing something that they feel very passionate about.
Here is a list of people that you can consider donating to:
- Your current Linux distro of choice - these guys have huge bills to pay for hosting, not everyone has Redhat's budget here.
- LibreOffice / OpenOffice / your office suite of choice - without the hard work these guys do, how would we create and edit our documents, spreadsheets and slideshows? I think it is strange how many people buy Microsoft Office, but would not consider making a $5 donation to a good cause.
- Any open source apps you enjoy and use regularly.
Like I said before, this post was not paid for by anyone. I am setting an example here. I've started going through my list and making donations. Remember that every $ helps, and that with our support the good people who make open source software will be able to carry on doing their fantastic work.
OpenOffice has been downloaded more than 50 million times, can you imagine what would happen if every person who used their software donated $1? Imagine how many full time developers and testers they could employ? Imagine the progress they could make. Now imagine being a part of that change :)