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Donating to the Plucker Project
| Why should I donate? |
Do I have to send money?
Where does my donation go?
How much does Plucker need?
Where can I send my donation?
How does PayPal work?
Are there other options?
What if I can't or don't want to make a donation?
Plucker is a Free Software project. We do this all in our spare time, to provide a great piece of software for you. None of the Plucker developers get paid for their work on Plucker.
If you think our work here is valuable, or useful to you, please consider donating to help support the project.
- Why should I donate?
It takes a lot of time to write the code that makes Plucker work, test it on all of the supported platforms, and constantly provide new versions which work on all of the Palm handheld devices and operating systems that we support.
It also takes time and effort to set up the website to host the project, the CVS server to store the files and revision history, the bugtracker that keeps track of the Plucker bugs, and the various mailing lists. These things allow you, the user, to receive feedback, answers to your questions, and help in all facets of the project.
- Do I have to send money?
Not at all. In fact, it's better if you contribute your time to help support the project. Time is much more valuable than monetary donations. If you'd like to help, but don't care to contribute in a monetary way, you could donate some hardware, Palm devices, or your time to help us mature the project. There are many places that need extra eyes and hands. Just ask us where you can help on the mailing list, and we'll be glad to point you in the right direction.
- Where does my donation go?
Unlike many other projects that accept donations and misuse them, donations to the Plucker project go towards supporting the project itself, only. Your donation could be used to fund the power and bandwidth to keep the project running, pay for new devices for testing with Plucker, or to the Free Software Foundation directly. They have continued to help support us defend our copyright to Plucker against commercial companies who may try abuse that right.
- How much does Plucker need?
We don't need any donation at all, in fact. The Plucker project has been active and surviving on it's own since before 1998, every day, with the help of users and others who have contributed to its success. That being said, donations do help keep the project going by paying for things like new devices to test Plucker on and power and bandwidth among other things.
If you only can spare $1.00 to help keep the project going, that is great, if you spare $10.00, that is great too. No contribution is too small, and no contribution is too big. Every one is equally welcome, and every contribution goes directly towards supporting Plucker.
- Where can I send my donation?
There is an account at PayPal specifically set up to accept donations to the Plucker project. It's safe, it's fast, it's easy, and it protects the privacy of both the donor and the receiver. Neither person needs to know the actual physical location of the other in order to help contribute to the Plucker project.
- Why PayPal?
PayPal is one of the more reputable online payment services. It takes a tiny fee from each donation received, after you send it, but before we receive it. It charges you nothing at all.
- How does PayPal work?
PayPal takes your donation from your credit card and puts it into the PayPal account that has been set up for this purpose. It all happens securely, online, without having to step away from your computer.
- Are there other options?
If you don't care to donate through PayPal, you can also send your donation to the Free Software Foundation and know that it will be put to good use within the Free Software community. You can find further instructions on how to donate at the FSF How to Donate page.
If you'd like to donate hardware or Palm devices for us to use for testing purposes or just for early Christmas presents, please feel free to contact any of us through our email addresses, which you can find on the mailing lists, or in the AUTHORS file, and we'll be happy to tell you how to reach us.
- What if I can't or don't want to make a donation?
No problem at all. Enjoy the project and the website anyway. It remains free, as does the rest of our project.
Don't forget to spread the word, and tell all your friends and coworkers about us!
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Plucker is a Free Software project. We do this entirely in our spare time, to provide a great piece of software for you.
None of the Plucker developers get paid for their work on Plucker.