This is my first meditation. :)
just read the linuxfund story on slashdot. here is how linuxfund support works from linuxfund page:
The #1 way to help LinuxFund achieve its goals is to apply for and use the LinuxFund MasterCard. Every time you use the card to make a retail purchase, MBNA America Bank N.A. (the issuer of the card) will make a contribution to LinuxFund at no additional cost to you. Youíre supporting open source development by simply using your credit card.
here is a response from slashdot:
According to public records they were bring in revenues between $100K to $200K per year at their high point. Its definately a viable model for funding open-source projects it just looks like its in need of volunteer support.
Although i can't get the fact about how much money the program actually generated. but that sounds like a brillian idea to get funding. I would love to have my credit card work that way and donate few bucks to the Perl Fundation while i spend.
plus, we can get a camel on the credit card (assume O'Reilly give permission). here is what the linuxfund mastercard looks like :)
feasible ? doable ? thoughts ?