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RFC: Eclipse does Paypal? [message #560432] Wed, 01 August 2007 14:28
Nick Boldt is currently offline Nick Boldt
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I recently started a discussion in this bug [1] about the idea of
putting a Paypal button on the Eclipse site to provide an option for
people to donate funds or subscribe to pay-per-use services (like
dedicated bandwidth / mirrors).

[1] https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=197425#c5

A lot of corporate-sponsored OSS projects provide ways to allow J.
Random User to help the project out financially. Y'know, obscure,
unheard of little sites like Sourceforge, Apache, Mozilla, KDE, and
ubuntu, to name but five. ;-)

I'm curious what the committer reps think of this idea, and what ways
Eclipse could make more money in order to benefit the community more?
Selling DVDs? Schwag? Subscriptions? Tax-deductable donations?

Would per-project contributions (like on Sourceforge) be a good idea (I
think so)? Or should funds be funnelled directly to the Foundation for
things like bandwidth, hardware, infrastructure (more VoIP servers,
perhaps?), and more staff (webmasters, IP/legal reviewers) ? Or both?

There, I've given you a topic - now I'm getting a little verklempt. Talk
amongst yourselves [2]. ;-)

[2] http://snltranscripts.jt.org/91/91ncoffeetalk.phtml

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