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Re: Debian Average Donation

Brian O'Rourke <brianor25@gmail.com> writes:

> Hello!

Thanks for contacting the Debian Project with this request.

> I was just curious what the recommended donation for a license of
> Debian Linux is, or what the average is among people that do donate?

To be clear for future readers (and I guess from your wording that you
already know this), the license that a recipient has in Debian is not
contingent on payment. Every recipient of Debian, whether they pay or
not, has free license in the whole of the Debian system.

Recommendation of what and how much to give are difficult to generalise;
ideally people would give what they can, so it depends very much what
you are able to give!

For those who want to donate some resource to the Debian Project, see
<URL:https://www.debian.org/donations> for how to give money and other
valuable resources the project can use.

For a recommended money amount, you might compare the Debian system's
benefit in your endeavours and your life.

* Is it replacing an enterprise suite of specialist platforms (tens- or
  hundreds-of-thousands of Euro)?

* Is it a key part of some critical business task (thousands- or tens-of-
  thousands of Euro)?

* Is it allowing you to educate yourself, get your personal work done,
  and keep your family safe on the net (hundreds or thousands of Euro)?

* Is it a hobby that you enjoy (tens or hundreds of Euro)?

* Are you strapped for cash and can't afford much (tens of Euro)?

None of those examples is correct in general, it depends what Debian's
value is to you and your endeavours. Or maybe money isn't the best way?

One of the most valuable resources needed by the Debian Project, always
in short supply, is time and effort of volunteers: You can spend time on
any of the many ways to help <URL:https://www.debian.org/intro/help>
that can directly benefit the Debian Project and make it useful for more
recipients like you.

Thank you for whatever you are able to give to make Debian better!

 \      “As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely |
  `\       upon authority, there is no end to our troubles.” —Bertrand |
_o__)                                Russell, _Unpopular Essays_, 1950 |
Ben Finney <bignose@debian.org>

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