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fsf-funding (7)


fsf-funding - Funding Free Software


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       fsf-funding - Funding Free Software

   Funding Free Software
       If you want to have more free software a few years from now, it makes
       sense for you to help encourage people to contribute funds for its
       development.  The most effective approach known is to encourage
       commercial redistributors to donate.

       Users of free software systems can boost the pace of development by
       encouraging for-a-fee distributors to donate part of their selling
       price to free software developers---the Free Software Foundation, and

       The way to convince distributors to do this is to demand it and expect
       it from them.  So when you compare distributors, judge them partly by
       how much they give to free software development.  Show distributors
       they must compete to be the one who gives the most.

       To make this approach work, you must insist on numbers that you can
       compare, such as, "We will donate ten dollars to the Frobnitz project
       for each disk sold."  Don't be satisfied with a vague promise, such as
       "A portion of the profits are donated," since it doesn't give a basis
       for comparison.

       Even a precise fraction "of the profits from this disk" is not very
       meaningful, since creative accounting and unrelated business decisions
       can greatly alter what fraction of the sales price counts as profit.
       If the price you pay is $50, ten percent of the profit is probably less
       than a dollar; it might be a few cents, or nothing at all.

       Some redistributors do development work themselves.  This is useful
       too; but to keep everyone honest, you need to inquire how much they do,
       and what kind.  Some kinds of development make much more long-term
       difference than others.  For example, maintaining a separate version of
       a program contributes very little; maintaining the standard version of
       a program for the whole community contributes much.  Easy new ports
       contribute little, since someone else would surely do them; difficult
       ports such as adding a new CPU to the GNU Compiler Collection
       contribute more; major new features or packages contribute the most.

       By establishing the idea that supporting further development is "the
       proper thing to do" when distributing free software for a fee, we can
       assure a steady flow of resources into making more free software.

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |ATTRIBUTE TYPE |      ATTRIBUTE VALUE        |
       |Availability   | developer/gcc/gcc-common-11 |
       |Stability      | Pass-thru volatile          |

       gpl(7), gfdl(7).

       Copyright (c) 1994 Free Software Foundation, Inc.  Verbatim copying and
       redistribution of this section is permitted without royalty; alteration
       is not permitted.

       Source code for open source software components in Oracle Solaris can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This software was built from source available at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.  The original community
       source was downloaded from

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at https://gcc.gnu.org/.

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