Oscar Benedito writes about how to give back to free and open source software (FOSS).
There are at least four options, according to him:
- Report bugs
- 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.