Donate to Open Source Software This Holiday Season

Anyone who knows me knows how big of an advocate of Open Source Software that I am. I try to use and promote free and open source software (FOSS) whenever I can.

On Tuesday, December 13 my friend and colleague Ross Campbell, Art Director at Mosaic Studios tweeted:

this Xmas, I am buying or donating to all of the freeware, shareware and opensource applications that I use on a regular basis.

Open Source LogoWhat a great idea! During the holiday season we all feel so generous. So many people give to worthy charities this time of year, but I haven’t heard stories of people spreading their generosity to their favourite free and open source projects. Don’t get me wrong, your favourite charities deserve your money, but so do the people who work, usually as a volunteer, to design, develop, test, document, and otherwise make all those great free and open programs we all love.

This tweet inspired me. Not necessarily to donate to the big open source projects like WordPress, Drupal, Ubuntu, Mozilla, etc (not that they’re any less deserving of donations) but to spread the Christmas spirit of spreading the wealth to those who need it most, and donate to some of the smaller projects. It’s the little applications that I use daily, and take for granted – like my FTP client, text editor, ID3 tag editor, time tracker, to do manager, media player, defragger, etc.

I am trying to donate to a different project every day until New Years Eve, and challenge you to do the same. Below is a list of the projects I’ve donated to so far this year, and I’ll be updating this list as needed:

[Updated December 27]

If you’d like to follow my progress, or let the world know about your own donations to open source projects this holiday season, or spread the word about this idea we invite you to Tweet using the hash tag #xmasoss.  I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to hit me up on Twitter, Facebook or Google+, or leave a comment below.

If you’d like to join Ross and I on this quest, please leave a comment or get a hold of me and let me know that this idea has inspired you as well.  We’re glad to have you aboard!



  1. Dan
    March 15, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    What is a search engine account and more importantly – who still uses MySpace?

  2. jimy
    January 1, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    I would really like you to become a guest poster on my blog.*`”-,
    It’s the pity you actually don’t possess a donate switch! I’d most likely donate to this superior site! We suppose that for now i’ll are satisfied with book-marking as well as adding your own Rss feed in order to my personal Search engines accounts. We appear forth in order to recent posts and can show this particular web page along with my personal Myspace group: )

  3. Cosmin
    December 18, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    That’s very kind and generous! I really like people who support open source projects. These projects are the ones making the web grow so beautiful making sharing easy and fun.