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== Donations ==
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== TuxFamily.org depends on your donations ==
Free as in Freedom does not imply free as in free beer, and like all Open Source organizations, TuxFamily.org has operating costs. Please consider what it would cost to host your project(s) on a non-Free site.  Donations are purely voluntary and we appreciate any donation even small.
 
  
You can give either :  
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TuxFamily.org is a free (as in free beer AND free speech) web hosting service. We only have one condition : make free (as in free speech) content. But free as in free speech does not imply free as in free beer: TuxFamily.org has operating costs (buying servers, mostly). We depend entirely on your donations for this.
  
*Your time
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Donating is not mandatory; but we do appreciate all the support you give us. There are several ways to support us:
*Your money
 
  
We are launching a donation campaign, since:
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* donating money
* We anticipate needing approximately 5000 € to cover operating costs
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* joining the organization
* Our bank account balance is 2000 € (but we used 4000 € in June 2007 when we had to add 5 new servers to keep growing... so it should be at -2000 € if our administrators didn't use their personal money...)
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* giving a bit of your free time to help TuxFamily.org be it on this wiki (correcting our english or translating from french latest additions) or our [[http://forum.tuxfamily.org community forum]], see below too for other kind of involvement
* Operating costs are approximatively 5000 €/year to fix and upgrade the existing platform. It does not include the cost of any new servers
 
  
Our goal is to raise 7500 €, which should allow us to continue for another year (of course, more is always appreciated, we will be able to buy new stuff to provide new services...)
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== Why Donate and What For? ==
  
== Why Donate and What Donate for==
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TuxFamily.org is kindly hosted by [http://lost-oasis.fr Lost Oasis] and [http://www.free.fr Free] : we do not have hosting, electricity and bandwidth costs.
  
([http://lost-oasis.fr Lost Oasis], [http://www.free.fr Free], [http://www.ikoula.com/ Ikoula], [http://www.frontier.fr/ Frontier Online] ) kindly provide us with:
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But that does not cover everything: we still need to buy and maintain our servers. It means we have to keep a reasonable amount of cash at all time, in case of hardware failure, and invest in new servers so we can face the constant growth of hosted projects and keep providing new services.
*bandwidth
 
*rack-space
 
*electricity and air conditioning
 
  
but that does not cover everything. Maintaining the TuxFamily-owned computers is our responsibility, and that includes:
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We kindly appreciate and thank the following websites that redirect their paypal page for direct contribution to TuxFamily.org:
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* http://xmoto.tuxfamily.org
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* http://notepad-plus-plus.org/
  
* replacing failing hard-drives, buying replacement and spare hard drives, increasing storage capacity, improving backups.
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== What your donations are NOT for ==
* replacing failing servers, adding new servers to handle new growth, or to handle new services.
 
* See also our [[HardwareNeeds/En|Equipment needs]]
 
  
Also, in addition to volunteering their time, several TuxFamily team members have lent us huge amount of money to keep TuxFamily up and running and to handle the cost of Free software related events.
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All the collected funds will go to the web hosting service. Team members do not get any wages or compensations (neither in cash nor in hardware). The organization does not reimburse meals or anything else. We only reimburse travelling expenses for new servers installation  (not even for free software events where we represent TuxFamily.org).  
  
These costs have included:
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By supporting TuxFamily.org, you can be sure that all your help will only profit to free content.
* Transportation costs to represent TuxFamily at Free Software conventions (RMLL, Solutions GNU/Linux...) or to work on our foreign Servers (in Marseille for example).
 
* Equipment costs for rack-servers and SCSI drives.
 
  
However please take note that the funds from the donation campaign will only go to the Association and not a penny will be used by the team members.
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== How to give back ==
The funds we raise won't go towards:
 
* the personal computers of team members
 
* paying team members for their time running Tuxfamily (replying to emails, handling spam infestations, providing user support, responding to requests for additional services, etc.)
 
* paying for parties or personal meal costs at a convention.
 
  
By making a donation to TuxFamily, you can be sure that it will be used to promote Open Source in all of its forms (Free Art, Free Music, Free software, Free games,...) and that it will help small projects to raise and large projects to evolve.
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=== Monetary gifts ===
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The most effective and simple way to help us is to [http://www.tuxfamily.org/en/support make a donation], either by wire transfer (best way), PayPal or cheque (if you are in France). You can also [[HardwareNeeds/En|donate hardware]].
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If you are in France, you can also [http://tuxfamily.org/en/support join the organization]. Joining is a very good way to get involved in the project's life, by receiving regular information on our activities.
  
Despite what some may think, TuxFamily is a large, complicated platform which doesn't run on its own.  First and foremost, TuxFamily is a team which has heavily invested its time and talents into providing a quality service available to all. Each donation, no matter how small,  adds support for this project and spurs the team to continue.
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=== Giving a bit of your time ===
  
== How to Donate ==
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According to your abilities, your availability and your wishes, you can help TuxFamily.org in several ways:
=== Monetary gifts ===
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* See on our main website  http://tuxfamily.org The "Make a donation" button can be used to make a donation
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* You can help '''helping other hosted projects''':
* French people can also join the organization. See : http://tuxfamily.org/en/support.
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** Help us to improve, fix and translate this FAQ
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** Help us answer on [http://forum.tuxfamily.org our forum], the ''help'' mailing-list (send a mail to : help-request at lists dot tuxfamily dot org with "subscribe" as subject) or irc://irc.tuxfamily.org#tuxfamily on our IRC channel].
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* If you'd rather like help us with '''programming''', you can:
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** Help us develop [http://vhffs.org VHFFS], the software TuxFamily.org runs on. You can also help by translating/improving its documentation.
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** Help us develop new services for our platform.
  
=== Equipment ===
 
* please see our list of [[HardwareNeeds/En| Equipment needs]]
 
  
=== Volunteering ===
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* You can also '''become a moderator'''. You will:
* We are looking for people who want to promote the free software philosophy. As usual, there are several ways to help us :
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** Answer requests for new groups or services.
** translate / enhance this FAQ
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** Help other hosted people.
** Use [[CommunicationLibre/En|this FAQ to promote free softwares in your own way]]
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** The moderation process takes place on a dedicated IRC channel. You'll need to keep your client connected and check awaiting requests when you can.
** Take some time to answer to post on http://forum.tuxfamily.org and to help new users
 
** Help us to welcome every one on our IRC channel irc://irc.tuxfamily.org#tuxfamily or #vhffs. We try to be as present as possible but we also have to sleep and work some time ;)
 
** Subscribe to the "help" mailing list to share your knowledge of our hosting services and to help new users
 
** You can also take a role in the Organization : This doesn't require any skills in mass hosting or Computer science. We need people to work on our "Communication" which is for now limited.
 
  
* For those who enjoy coding
 
** testhttp://vhffs.org and submit bugs, feature requests and patchs
 
** write/translate the VHFFS documentation
 
** write VHFFS modules to provide new services (Trac, whatever)
 
** manage some [[Games/En|multi player games servers]]
 
  
* If you know the open source licensing system or if you want to learn about it, we are also looking for moderators
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* You may also '''become a sysadmin''' :
** tp accept or refuse hosting requests
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** The first step is to get to know our platform and the other administrators, by hanging out on [irc://irc.tuxfamily.org#tuxfamily our IRC channel].
** to work on this FAQ
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** This mostly means recurrent maintenance tasks, being able to react quickly when a failure happens, more than installing new servers or services.
** to check that hosted project follow our rules and to help them to promote their work
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** You'll need a good experience of Unix systems. Discovering our platform may take some time. But we do appreciate help offers and a fresh look can only profit us.
** to support the administrators in all their tasks, to help them to find problems and to handle some simple tasks that doesn't request the administrator grade to be solved.
 
** to answer to all the mails we receive.
 
** Being a moderator is time consuming and you have to be on the moderation channel to be aware of what is going on . Each moderation doesn't take much time but it have to be taken care of quite fast.
 
** We also need people that can speak many languages (English, Spanish, Italian, German...) to work on the internationalization of our hosting platform.  
 
  
* We are also looking for administrators we can trust.
 
** We will have to know you before giving you access to our hosting facility (start by being a moderator for example).
 
** It is not a funny role : you won't add or configure new services as you can do it on your own server. A complex hosting facility is running and you have to understand precisely how it works to be efficient when you will have to fix it. You will also have to do administrative tasks on the server. It is not that fun and it is the hardest job in the organization... You have been warned ;)
 
** There are many usual tasks to handle the grow of our community
 
** New people in the team will give some fresh air and new ideas !
 
  
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* Finally, if you have '''graphic skills''', you can be very useful:
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** by providing new buttons, logos, banners for TuxFamily.org (see [http://logo.tuxfamily.org list of existing logos] and [http://faq.tuxfamily.org/PubTuxfamily/En how they can be used] or [http://www.vhffs.org VHFFS]).
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** by improving our Web sites (especially [http://faq.tuxfamily.org this FAQ], [http://forum.tuxfamily.org our forum] or [http://vhffs.org the VHFFS website]).
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** by improving our [http://docs.tuxfamily.org/SL2008/ leaflets].
  
Don't wait ! Take an active part in the life of your favorite hoster ! Join us now ! (and share the software, you'll be free Hacker, you'll be FREE ! ;) )
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Become a part of your beloved web hosting service ! Be bold and join us ! ;)

Latest revision as of 21:56, 29 March 2016


TuxFamily.org depends on your donations

TuxFamily.org is a free (as in free beer AND free speech) web hosting service. We only have one condition : make free (as in free speech) content. But free as in free speech does not imply free as in free beer: TuxFamily.org has operating costs (buying servers, mostly). We depend entirely on your donations for this.

Donating is not mandatory; but we do appreciate all the support you give us. There are several ways to support us:

  • donating money
  • joining the organization
  • giving a bit of your free time to help TuxFamily.org be it on this wiki (correcting our english or translating from french latest additions) or our [community forum], see below too for other kind of involvement

Why Donate and What For?

TuxFamily.org is kindly hosted by Lost Oasis and Free : we do not have hosting, electricity and bandwidth costs.

But that does not cover everything: we still need to buy and maintain our servers. It means we have to keep a reasonable amount of cash at all time, in case of hardware failure, and invest in new servers so we can face the constant growth of hosted projects and keep providing new services.

We kindly appreciate and thank the following websites that redirect their paypal page for direct contribution to TuxFamily.org:

What your donations are NOT for

All the collected funds will go to the web hosting service. Team members do not get any wages or compensations (neither in cash nor in hardware). The organization does not reimburse meals or anything else. We only reimburse travelling expenses for new servers installation (not even for free software events where we represent TuxFamily.org).

By supporting TuxFamily.org, you can be sure that all your help will only profit to free content.

How to give back

Monetary gifts

The most effective and simple way to help us is to make a donation, either by wire transfer (best way), PayPal or cheque (if you are in France). You can also donate hardware.

If you are in France, you can also join the organization. Joining is a very good way to get involved in the project's life, by receiving regular information on our activities.

Giving a bit of your time

According to your abilities, your availability and your wishes, you can help TuxFamily.org in several ways:

  • You can help helping other hosted projects:
    • Help us to improve, fix and translate this FAQ
    • Help us answer on our forum, the help mailing-list (send a mail to : help-request at lists dot tuxfamily dot org with "subscribe" as subject) or irc://irc.tuxfamily.org#tuxfamily on our IRC channel].


  • If you'd rather like help us with programming, you can:
    • Help us develop VHFFS, the software TuxFamily.org runs on. You can also help by translating/improving its documentation.
    • Help us develop new services for our platform.


  • You can also become a moderator. You will:
    • Answer requests for new groups or services.
    • Help other hosted people.
    • The moderation process takes place on a dedicated IRC channel. You'll need to keep your client connected and check awaiting requests when you can.


  • You may also become a sysadmin :
    • The first step is to get to know our platform and the other administrators, by hanging out on our IRC channel.
    • This mostly means recurrent maintenance tasks, being able to react quickly when a failure happens, more than installing new servers or services.
    • You'll need a good experience of Unix systems. Discovering our platform may take some time. But we do appreciate help offers and a fresh look can only profit us.


Become a part of your beloved web hosting service ! Be bold and join us ! ;)