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Give back to free and open source software

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Oscar Benedito writes about how to give back to free and open source software (FOSS).

There are at least four options, according to him:

  1. Donate
  2. Report bugs
  3. Translate
  4. Send patches

Of course you don’t have to, but if you can and want to, do so!

This post just made me donate to two projects: NewPipe (donation link), which is an alternative YouTube player for Android I use as replacement for the official YouTube app, and Nitter (donation link), an alternative Twitter frontend on the web. I donated to both projects via Liberapay, a project that I might also donate to. Liberapay is a platform that is specifically designed to support FOSS projects and is financed exclusively by donations.

However, another way I see supporting a FOSS project is to spread the word about it through word of mouth or, in my case, blogging about it. Maybe someone else will enjoy a project too and support it even more than I can.


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