Hei Voat. So I've been using more and more software that is strictly open source and free to use - supported by donations.
...but then I realised: if I don't support them, how do I expect for them to last, to provide the service for much longer?
I realised - there's no such thing as a free cake. Either I use free software but I donate to it as much as I can and feel comfortable with, or eventually - I will be forced, one way or another - either by the software disappearing or not having the features I need - to go back to paid, closed-source software.
So - I ask you: do you donate to your software?
I've done the math and I can put as much as $100 a year into supporting software. That's not much - but if more of us did so, it would add up to something.
I use F-Droid for an alternative Google Play Store - and for the apps that aren't in there but I still need, I use Yalp - which is a Play Store wrapper with someone else's account in it (or yours if you want). They can both function over Tor.
I've been using them more and more. So I started donating to them.
Then I looked into passwords managers: I've been using LastPass but then I switched to Bitwarden - not only Bitwarden is hands-down better (seriously) but it's also free. Yes, it has paid plans for bells and whistles, but really free for 99% of what you need. LastPass asked me for $2 a month just so I can have their app on my phone? Screw that.
I got a $10 yearly Bitwarden premium plan just to support them - I didn't really need the extra features. It's open source and free, but you can either donate to them or do what I did.
Then I looked at comms. - they're all fucked from Discord to WhatsApp, Slack or Flock and god knows what others. So I started using Matrix.org (with the Riot client) and donate to both. For private chats, I ditched Telegram and slowly moving my closest friends to Briar (www.briarproject.org).
Right now, I donate to 8 different pieces of software, to each about $1 a month. That's about $96 a year or a night out. I can spare a night out to support what I believe in. I love liberapay.com to manage all of this and I hope more projects will sign-up to it - but I kind of hate it as it doesn't offer a crypto option. I hope they add it in the future (they also rely on donations, so I donate to them too).
Do you? Or do you do it via other means? How - how else can I support the projects and software that I use?
By popular demand, here's a list of all the software-replacement that I use for known-fuck-that-company software.
Lastpass = Bitwarden
Telegram = Briarproject
Slack, Skype, Flock, IRC, Telegram, WhatsApp, Discord = Matrix.org (this one is awesome and does it all, but the trick is getting people to switch)
Google Chrome = Vivaldi, Brave, Waterfox
Windows = Linux Mint
Dropbox and MEGA = Stuck with them, but encrypt everything with Cryptomator - suggestions for replacing both welcome.
Google Play Store = F-Droid and Yalp
Google Keep = Omni Notes FOSS
Google Docs = personal.onlyoffice.com
Google Calendar and Google Contacts = fruux
Google Authenticator/Authy = andOTP
Gmail and/or Google Apps for Business = Tutanota
Google Maps = MAPS.me (as much as I can) and HERE WeGo (better, but ownership of it rubs me the wrong way - at least it's not Google)
The only thing preventing me from completely ditching Google right now is Google Play Music (haven't found the right replacement yet) and Google Maps real-time location sharing. The only other apps that do real-time location sharing are Glympse and Telegram - but they're both time-limited. I need something that can be turned on indefinitely. I have a person half-way across the world that needs to know where I am at all times. Yes, it's my mom. Yes, I'm over 30 years old. No, I can't tell her no.