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Revolutionizing Open Source pay

We believe the Open Source ecosystem suffers from three problems:
  1. Lack of funding. There isn’t enough money coming in to compensate maintainers for their labor. Open Source is the backbone of almost every Fortune 500 company, but maintainers see little of that success.
  2. Disproportionate distribution of funding. If I donate to an Open Source project, I’m generally ignoring the dependencies of that project. We believe this funding paradigm is dysfunctional and unfair.
  3. Lack of accessibility. If maintainers want funding, they must spend time and energy on self-promotion. If developers want to help the Open Source ecosystem, they need the financial means to do so.

These are huge problems. We wanted a solution that allows us to easily and freely give back to all the maintainers we rely on. More than that, we wanted a solution that would compensate the dependencies of our dependencies -- all the way down the tree.

That’s why we built a package manager wrapper. The wrapper takes complete dependency tree snapshots when you install Open Source packages. The wrapper will show ads (if you want) while Open Source packages are downloading/installing. We distribute the ad revenue across the entire dependency tree of the packages that you installed.

You might think "Ads suck, why ads?" We hate ads as much as you do, but we realized we primarily hate them when they're forced on us, or when they become a requirement to use a product. That's why ads through Flossbank are completely opt-in; never a requirement. We view ads as an accessible way to give back to the Open Source community. If you're someone who wants to give back, now there's a free option, if you so choose.

If you prefer donating, we also distribute your donation to every package installed, not only the top level packages. What’s more, your contribution to the Open Source community reflects your usage each month. Your donation goes to the packages you used the most each month (and to their dependencies).

We’re super excited about this product and think it’s a small step in the right direction.

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