Ubuntu MATE June 2015 supporters

Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE community this month. You have been generous as always and ensured that we can meet all the costs associated with running the Ubuntu MATE project and the community site. In fact, this month we are able to reward some other projects that Ubuntu MATE benefits from.

How will these donations be spent?

These donations will be used to pay for:

  • All Ubuntu MATE hosting and development server costs for June 2015.
  • All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for June 2015.
  • £91.02 to register new ubuntu-mate domains, one is now in use as the Ubuntu MATE Boutique
  • Donated €50 to Geany.
  • Donated €50 to Transmission.
  • Donated $264 to MATE Desktop developers.
    • $132 to MATE developer and MATE package maintainer for Fedora.
    • $132 to MATE developer and MATE package maintainer for Linux Mint.
  • This months donations to other Open Source projects brings our running total to approximately $1224 (taking into account currency variations)

Although Ubuntu MATE 15.04 onward is an official member of the Ubuntu family, and new Ubuntu MATE releases are now distributed via the Canonical mirror network, we are serving ~500 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE 14.04 and another ~1000 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2.

Given that we have committed to support Ubuntu MATE 14.04 until 2019 these donations are much appreciated and help cover the bandwidth costs and fund the development servers we need to prepare new .iso images for Ubuntu MATE 14.04. We are currently hosting the Ubuntu MATE for Raspberry Pi 2 images on Sourceforge, but plan to migrate to our own download servers in July.

Thank you!

Supporting Open Source Projects

Ubuntu MATE is comprised of many Open Source projects, we recognise that. Each month that Ubuntu MATE has a surplus of funds we will make a contribution to an Open Source project that Ubuntu MATE directly benefits from.

For June 2015 Ubuntu MATE have sponsored Geany and Transmission. We also approached guvcview, but they politely declined our donation, simply explaining that they make guvcview for the love of it :-)

I (Martin Wimpress) use Geany as my main IDE for all development work I do on Ubuntu MATE, Debian, Arch Linux and the MATE Desktop. It is an indespensible tool that optimises my work flow so I can make my limited development time as productive as possible. Ubuntu MATE 15.10 will feature a new Welcome screen and included in the Welcome screen is a one-click installer for “best of breed” applications that integrate well with Ubuntu MATE. Geany was one of the first applications to be added :-)

Transmission has always been shipped by default with Ubuntu MATE and has been extremely useful for grabbing new distros to experiment with and get inspiration from and also seeding Ubuntu MATE torrents. In the early days of Ubunut MATE 14.10, Transmission was an essential tool for getting the new images off the build servers and onto test servers.

We are therefore delighted to be able to donate $50 to Geany and also $50 to Transmission.

Donations to MATE Desktop

Those of you who have downloaded Ubuntu MATE from this website will have noticed the Download Tip we place on the page. We’ve made it clear that those tips are shared between the Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects. We have donated half the download tips from June 2015, which we are pleased to say amounts to $264, to MATE Desktop.

This month we’ve done something a little different and donated directly to some of the upstream MATE developers.

  • $132 to MATE developer and MATE package maintainer for Fedora.
  • $132 to MATE developer and MATE package maintainer for Linux Mint.

The upstream MATE Desktop team is comprised of maintainers and contributors to many different distributions. We all work together to improve MATE for any Linux and BSD user.

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Patrons

Many thanks to the Ubuntu MATE patrons who collectively donated $366.0 this month.

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Summary of PayPal donations

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Ubuntu MATE community this month.

  • After processing fees a total of $343.4 was donated via Patreon.
  • A total of $810.25 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $694.82, of which $526.95 was received as Download Tips. Half of which has already been donated to the MATE Deskop project.
  • A total of €77.5 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €69.92.
  • A total of £60.0 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £56.42.
  • A total of 0.02 BTC was donated.

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