For those that haven't been following my work I have recently ran two crowd funding campaigns to enable me to work full time as an independent developer improving the Linux OpenGL drivers.
My second campaign was funded in just 24 hours and I'm incredibly grateful to all the people that donated their hard earned cash to support me. However this has got me thinking, although I have already gotten many offers to support any future endeavours I don't know how sustainable it is ask for money every time I want to do some Mesa work.
So I've come up with a couple of ways you can help support my development work without costing you a cent.
1. Join my Litecoin Mining team
Use my referral url below to sign up for a new pool account at LTCRabbit.com and the fee's that normally go to the website will now go towards my open source development work.
Note: If you don't mine bitcoins already my comment about not costing you a cent could be wrong as it will cost you some electricity.
2. Shop at Amazon
If you have some Christmas shopping to do these holidays or any other time. Just click the link below to go to Amazon for your shopping and you will be helping support me. Its as easy as that.
This kind of defeats the purpose of the post in that I'm now receiving donations directly. But seems to be a popular request so I've created a flattr account and added buttons to this site. Also as pointed out by Kamil you can even subscribe (rather than a once off donation) using the flattr button shown here or at https://flattr.com/thing/2313212/Independent-Mesa-Developer-Alternative-Funding-Model . After that, every month a fraction of your monthly budget will go towards funding my development work.
So how does this help improve Mesa?
Well the following items are what I would like to purchase to help with my work.
Its often helpful when doing Mesa development work and writing piglit tests to be able to test how OpenGL functionality works on the closed source AMD/Nvidia drivers. For this reasons I would like to purchase a Nvidia card for my desktop machine that supports OpenGL 4.4
Currently I do a lot of my development work while travelling to work on the train using my laptop. My laptop has Intel graphics which is great but for the reasons mentioned above it would be really great to be able to get a laptop with a Nvidia gpu also.