FLOSS Needs A Holiday
You know how every year we gather up some cash and provide gifts to our loved ones? In my case, it's at Christmas time. In your case, it may be different. Well, it dawned on me that FLOSS needs a holiday too. If you look at the OpenBSD project, which are the devs of the sensational OpenSSH project in addition to many other things, they ran out of a major amount of funding the other day and asked for donations. Luckily they got a huge chunk from Mozilla.org today and others have come in thousands of tiny donations.
I'd like to designate the month of May every year as FLOSS Holiday Month. All you have to do is look at what tools you rely on, look at the About or Man pages on them, and find out what groups on the web take these donations to support these projects. All it takes is $5, $10, $20, whatever you have. If you contribute a small amount and spread it over multiple projects, that would probably be the best idea. And there are many other organizations that you could donate to such as OSDL, FSF, GNU, Mozilla.org, OpenOffice.org, KDE, GNOME, etc. Many of these orgs make it extremely simple to PayPal them with a Donate Now button.
Note I'm not asking you to "tithe" part of your monthly paycheck like you might do with a church. I'm just asking for you to consider one month every year where you slam these FLOSS orgs with funding. It's like an annual funding drive. And sure, if you want to tithe to these funds, or start a new project where you give 10% of your profits to FLOSS orgs, or just pay a little amount here or there throughout the year, then so be it.
Please consider spreading the word...