I don't know how many of you frequent http://www.distrowatch.com/
- it's a great centralised source of info regarding most Linux Distro's and GNU packages. This site is maintained by one man, funded mostly out of his back pocket. He has a PayPal button on the site, but to date donations have totalled a measly $552 and he has been out of work for 3 months now. Anyway, he/the site are at breaking point as you will read here:-
The Future of DistroWatch, Part 2 other Firstly, a big thanks to all who have offered financial support, advice and ideas. Secondly, and perhaps this is something that wasn't clear from the earlier message, the information on this site will always remain free for all. Let's be honest about it - there is nothing on this site that you can't find elsewhere. All that DistroWatch provides is a central location for this information, so that you don't have to hunt around distribution's web sites and busy FTP servers. I'll do the work and if you want to reward me for that work, I'll gladly accept your money.
Unfortunately, not many people do, so I want to provide extra incentives for those who'd find them useful. Many of you have requested "custom comparison tables" so that you can select any version of any distribution to compare with any other. Queries (which distributions include Mozilla 1.1?). Lists of fast and up-to-date mirrors carrying ISO images. I'll do the hunting for them so that you don't have to, but I'll be expected to be paid for the work. Something along these lines. In other words, the information on this site will be free for everyone, but those of you who find value in these extra time-saving tools, will be requested to subscribe (or possibly pay a one-off payment, since some people don't seem to like that subscription "commitment")
It goes without saying that those of you who have already donated or will have donated by the time these extra features are implemented, will automatically be given access to the subscriber-only features. Besides PayPal, new payment options will also be introduced.
At the end of the day, I'll probably try some mixture of subscription, soft and relevant advertising and sale of products and information. I don't think that's an ureasonable combination and while both you and me would much rather keep this site completely free from any form of commercialisation, I think that most of you will accept this as a small price to pay.
Enjoy your weekend!
I urge you to donate to the running of DistroWatch if you like me, use this great site...