Its a question that comes up fairly often, why do we have adverts on the website? Why do we have adverts in the new v3 app? Why is there the option to buy a ‘donation key’? ISN’T LINUX MEANT TO BE FREE?!?!?!
The simple answer to all these questions is development costs, we need to run web server hosting, get hold of devices to develop and test on and try to wrangle as much developer time as possible. Its not well known but software developers need to eat.
We provide everything you need to get GNU Linux running on your device free of charge, there is no feature paywalls, and everything will be open sourced.
However every last penny made on advert clicks and donation keys, paypal donations etc. it all goes towards the development and progress of the project. Just this week I have been able to get hold of 4 ‘new’ development devices all paid for with the money from adverts. These are not new devices but will go a long way to helping the progress of the project. I wanted to take a moment to try and explain why donating to the project is so very important to its progress, I don’t just mean monetary donations either, clicking on adverts, donating you time to bug test, translating the text in the app, helping in the forum these are all things everyone can do to help the project get back on its feet.