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‘No thanks. I got Linux’

October 21, 2012

Windows 8 will be unleashed, Kraken-like, on an awaiting public on Oct. 26, which is this Friday. For US$79.99 — let’s just round that up to US$80 — one can get the latest version of the Windows operating system which, by many reports, is not ideal yet not as bad a some of the other products Redmond has forced upon the public in the past.

A CrunchBang user with the handle merelyjim posted this thread on the CrunchBang forum under the title, “No thanks. I got Linux” where he thinks that this $80 can be better spent elsewhere — like on your current distro or your favorite FOSS program.

I urge you to read the full text on the link or read merelyjim’s original blog item, but I’ll let merelyjim drive here:

“It’s hard to express what Linux has done for me. I’ve learned more with Linux than I ever did with Windows. I’ve been part of dynamic communities that have engaged in passionate arguments, clever discussions, and crazy flame wars. Like family, you take the crazy (um… that would be me) with the funny. Instead of just allowing me to ‘try and make things work’ on my own, there were those who tried to nudge me along the right path, even when I didn’t want to see it. I have undying gratitude for those who were willing to share their time and experience with me, even though I never knew them in real life.

“So, on October 26th, 2012, instead of giving Microsoft $79.99 for Windows 8 upgrade, I’m going to donate the same amount to the Linux-distro I use the most.

“I invite you to join me in doing this.

“I don’t really care which distro; we’re all family. If you’d prefer, donate to a specific Open Source project, instead. As long as you give something that lets Paypal, Amazon, of Flattr know that something’s going on that day. If you can’t give monetarily, at least spread the word.

“I want the Linux community to show Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle that we matter, we care for each other, and there are a lot more of us than they think. If you contribute, I hope you’ll e-mail or tweet whomever manufactured your machines so they’ll know you use their hardware running a Linux kernel.”

Amen to that, merelyjim.

There are a wide variety of projects you can donate to in the FOSS realm. Start with your distro of choice. Use a particular FOSS program often and find it useful? Most programs have donation links. There are even some projects that are not software related that deserve special mention: REGLUE, formerly the HeliOS Project, provides Linux-based computers to underprivileged kids in the Austin, Texas, area; Partimus puts Linux-based computers in schools in the San Francisco Bay Area; and one project that I find important is Beth Lynn Eicher’s effort to bring Edubuntu-based computers to schools in Ghana.

For those who do not have money to donate — been there, done that — you can always donate time, which in many cases can be more valuable than currency. If you program, there are places where you can pitch in on distros and FOSS programs across the board. Don’t program? Don’t worry — many projects have needs beyond the 0’s and 1’s that include things like documentation (for the writers out there), design (for the artists), translation (for the multilingual) . . . the list goes on. If you have a special skill set, programming or non-programming, there’s something for you to do.

Got some ideas on where to donate? Post them in the comments.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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  1. October 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I have undying gratitude for those who were willing to share their time and experience with me, even though I never knew them in real life.

    God Bless Bruno Knaapen. May he rest peacefully. Bruno did amazing things as a Linux Advocate, posting almost 40 thousand answers to Linux-based questions.

    Thank you Larry

  2. October 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

    OK, one I left out but bears mentioning, in a huge way: New Breed Software:


    Among other educational programs, they make Tux Paint, which has always been one of my favorites, even after my daughter Mimi outgrew it.

  3. Mark
    October 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Excellent idea and thank you for posting it. In an effort to give a little something back, I spent some time a few years ago writing documentation (wiki pages) and translating wiki pages from French to English. It was fun because I don’t speak a lick of French.

    At any rate, thanks for that. If everybody who uses a Linux distro would only donate $40 to a project, we would all be so much richer for it.


  4. October 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    excellent, Archlinux will be recieving some of my beer tokens

    • October 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      yup :), my arch and gentoo are going to get the same thing I think 🙂

  5. October 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Bits and Pieces and commented:
    Read the post and think about it–makes sense to me.

  6. October 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    guys good morning this is great ideas lets participate and share our love:
    one love one heart lets get together.

  7. masinick
    October 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I have been a UNIX system user since 1982 and a Linux system user since 1995. When I first tried Linux, I realized that most of the core utilities were several of the same ones that I had tried on my UNIX workstation – GNU tools and utilities. As Linux advanced, I started to see more and more applications that really could be used by anyone. By the early 2000s there was no reason why anyone who had ever installed or upgraded software on some other system couldn’t do the same on a Linux system. Today, I’d say most programs are as easy, and occasionally even easier to install on either Linux or even BSD-based systems. That was not true twenty years ago.

    There are definitely alternatives. I’ve been able to financially contribute a few times to some projects, but mostly, I write articles promoting Linux and sharing tidbits with others, I frequently test several distributions and report software defects. I follow the Mozilla Firefox and Seamonkey Nightly Builds on a regular basis, and between the two of them, as an example, I have reported, tracked, tested, and retested three defects this past quarter and I’ve reported countless others over the past two decades; that’s my main contribution.

    • October 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Excellent, masinick — it’s clear that you get it and your contributions are valuable to the FOSS paradigm. Thanks for all you do.

  8. istok
    October 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

    i think we should all donate $80 to canonical. they will then give it to the community 😀

    • October 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Riiiiiiiiiight. Oh, look — there’s a flock of pigs flying overhead.

      [By the way, when Ubuntu/Canonical asked for donations, I donated — to Debian. I thought I’d cut out the middleman and deal directly with the source.]

      • istok
        October 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        haha best reaction ever. canonical could have included that option though. not many of their fans would have opted to donate to debian, but at least the entire community would have commend canonical for fair play. oh well.

  9. hpb
    October 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Support two very nice distros on the rise: “Stella” and “SolusOS”. They need and deserve it!!

    • October 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Actually, I’ll plug SolusOS, because I know Ken Starks uses it and raves about it from time to time. That’s a good enough endorsement for me.

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