While I’m not money pockets and nobody will get rich off me, I’ve heard a lot from people like @EricAdams talk about donating to people that bring me a product that I like here in the Linux community. Using Patreon I’ve taken that step to help people in our community. I’m old and haven’t had a raise in probably over 20 years so my donations are minimum, but I hope other people will at least do the minimum in 2020 so that maybe some of that money will add up.
I support Linux for Everyone (@JasonEvangelho) because of his new podcast. His first few videos were spot on and I love his podcast. His articles on Forbes are outstanding and half the time when they show up on my feed I don’t pay attention to who is writing them until after I read the article. Jason writes some powerful articles on the positive side of Linux. He’s a great ambassador.
My first Patreon support went to BDLL. I love the show and the participation of the community both on BDLL and the BDLL Discourse site, To me, Rocco along with the BDLL show and this community make my week.
The same thing goes to this site, DLN and the show that this community supports. The friendly banter during the show, whether it be hot or cold sandwiches or stools are fun and their news can be a heavy debate without complete agreement. Mike, Zeb, Noah, and Ryan really put on a good show. They even give back to the community, like the Free Geek program and Zebs 22 hours of fun and 2 hours of hell. During the show, he said never again and today on this forum he said it will be a long time. Which will it be?
For disclosure, I gave DistroTube support with Patreon and I bought Erik Dubois of ArcoLinux a couple of cups of coffee for the 1000+ videos he puts out.
If you are not making a small donation I ask you to rethink that. If enough people give at least the minimum then that will add up. It doesn’t have to be monthly and it doesn’t have to be anybody we know, maybe the Gnome Foundation, KDE, EndeavourOS, MX Linux, Elementary, Mint, Manjaro or even Ubuntu. Buy one T-shirt this year. Nobody is going to be rich off this, and as for how the money they will spend, well if we trust them enough to download secure ISO’s from some of these people, I think they can manage to use the money wisely.