Packt Publishing Donates Over $100,000 to Open Source Projects

Monday, March 17, 2008 | News | Open Source

Packt today announced that its donations to Open Source projects surpassed the $100,000 mark. Following its first donation to the phpMyAdmin project in April 2004, the company has gone on to provide sustained support for over thirty different open source projects.

Packt has introduced initiatives such as the Open Source Project Royalty Scheme and Open Source CMS Award to provide sustained donations to projects over the last four years. The Open Source Project Royalty Scheme allows projects to benefit from the publication of a book, as they are allocated a percentage of every copy sold. “This is something that we offer to every open source project that we publish on” said Damian Carvill, Packt’s marketing manager. “Packt is proud to have reached this significant milestone and remains committed to keeping donations at the heart of its long-term publishing strategy.”

The Open Source CMS Award is entering its third year and as its name suggests, is designed to support, recognize, and reward pen Source Content Management Systems. The winner of 2007’s Overall Award was Drupal, a project which also benefits from Packt’s Open Source Project Royalty Scheme. "The Drupal project and its community have grown sharply over the last couple of years. The support that Packt has shown, through its book royalties and awards, has contributed to that success and helped the project handle its growth” explains Dries Buytaert, Drupal’s founder. “The Drupal Association uses the money that Packt donates on a number of things including, server infrastructure and the organization of events."

Open source software is freely available and free from restrictions. Open Source projects survive largely on financial donations and support to cover the essentials that keep them running. Therefore, regular donations are vital for their ongoing development and relevancy. “The support that Packt has provided to the jQuery project has been immensely valuable” said John Resig, founder of jQuery the hugely popular Open Source JavaScript library. “jQuery survives off the charity of its users and having these contributions has helped us to continue operations and expand into new projects like: developing new components, plugins, and general accessibility enhancements.”


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