Many thanks to everyone who donated to the Ubuntu MATE project 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 developers for working on Ubuntu MATE projects.
How will these donations be spent?
These donations will be used to pay for:
- All Ubuntu MATE hosting and server costs for March 2016.
- All the Ubuntu MATE CDN, bandwidth and email charges for March 2016.
- Spent £246.85 on domain renewals.
- Donated €450 (taking into account currency variations) to 4 Open Source developers working on Ubuntu MATE and MATE Desktop projects.
- This brings Ubuntu MATEs total donations to other Open Source projects and developers to approximately $4513.87 (taking into account currency variations).
- We’re keeping some funds in reserve because Ubuntu MATE 16.04 for the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 will be released soon and we anticipate a spike in bandwidth costs.
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 ~2000 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 and another ~170 downloads per day for Ubuntu MATE 14.04.
Supporting Open Source
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 or developer that Ubuntu MATE directly benefits from.
For March 2016 Ubuntu MATE have donated to several Open Source developers who’ve worked on Ubuntu MATE or MATE Desktop projects.
- Developer for (Ubuntu MATE) - £100 for working on Ubuntu MATE Welcome.
- Developer for (Fedora) - €100 for porting MATE Desktop to GTK3 and preparing MATE 1.14 for release.
- Developer for (Linux Mint) - €100 for porting MATE Desktop to GTK3 and preparing MATE 1.14 for release.
- Developer for (Ubuntu MATE) - £100 for adding a translation framework to Ubuntu MATE Welcome and working on MATE Dock applet.
Thank you to everyone who has donated, you are really making a difference to the development of Ubuntu MATE and the MATE Desktop.
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Many thanks to the Ubuntu MATE patrons who collectively donated $749.5 this month.
- A total of $2562.11 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to $2324.95, of which $1827.43 was received as Download Tips.
- A total of €256.62 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to €237.35.
- A total of £137.64 was donated via PayPal, which after processing fees amounted to £130.13.
- A total of 0.066160139 BTC was donated.