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Debian is the name of the project, and Debian GNU/Linux is how the
distribution we create is called. In order to handle money donations,
we set up a non-profit corporation,
Software in the Public Interest.
Although created by a volunteers throughout the world, Debian
has expenses that were, for a long time, paid for out of the
pockets of a few of the developers. These expenses include
registering the debian.org domain, cutting CD's for testing new
releases, unreimbursed travel and lodging expenses while appearing
at conferences, etc.
Many of the donations to date have been from appreciative users.
While all donations are welcome, it especially hoped that any
businesses that make money through Debian (CD manufacturers,
support companies, or even businesses that rely on Debian
for day to day operations) will contribute a percentage
of their profit to help make Debian GNU/Linux the best OS
it can be.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to Debian, see the
SPI donation page.
Make sure to specify that the money is intended for Debian. Since SPI
is a non-profit organization we can issue receipts for tax purposes.
Given the small budget Debian runs on it is not possible, at this time,
for Debian to purchase and maintain it's own computers and network connections.
We therefore rely on the donation of equipment and services from companies and
universities to keep Debian connected to the world.
If your company has any idle machines or spare equipment (hard drives, SCSI
controllers, network cards, etc) lying around, please consider donating them to
Debian. Contact the
SPI treasurer for details.
The following is a list of the organizations that have donated
equipment to Debian:
- Brainfood (previously known as
donated the master system (used for BTS, mail, and other things) and
the mailing list server for Debian, and has provided continuous upgrades
for these machines when they were necessary.
- VA Linux Systems
has donated www.debian.org, twice.
- LinuxPPC has donated an 18G hard
- Compaq has donated an Alpha
system which is being used to port Debian to that architecture.
- The Concorde Group has donated a Sparc Station 10 which is being used
to port Debian to the SPARC architecture.
- Rebel.com donated a StrongARM
machine used to port Debian to ARM architecture.
- Alpha Processor, Inc.
provided an Alpha machine used to port Debian to that architecture.
- Sun Microsystems donated the server
which powers the internal archive system, and an additional UltraSPARC
machine used to port Debian to that architecture.
- Atipa Linux Solutions donated the
server which runs archive.debian.org.
- Hewlett-Packard donated an archive
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server and a cluster of machines used to port Debian to the HPPA and
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- at-net donated a Netwinder machine
used to port Debian to the ARM architecture.
- Lasat donated two little
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endian R5000@250Mhz Masquerade Pro machines used to port Debian
to the MIPS architecture (little endian).
- Millenux donated a virtual
machine on a Multiprise 3000 to run the buildd for the S/390 port of
- Cargal.org has donated a 20 GB
hard disk drive.
- AboveNet Communications has
provided server and bandwidth for
Here are some important past donations:
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- Linux Hardware Solutions provided
# the server that ran ftp.debian.org.
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- Kachina Technologies, Inc.
# provided one SPARC machine and two UltraSPARC machines that were used
# to port Debian to the SPARC architecture.
Please see the list of debian.org
developer machines for more accurate information.
The following is a list of organizations that have contributed to Debian by
hosting major mirror services:
- VA Linux Systems currently
provides bandwidth for www.debian.org.
The Computer Science Department at
the University of Minnesota provides
bandwidth for ftp.debian.org
- Open Projects Network
(previously known as LISC)
supports Debian by hosting Debian-related IRC channels at irc.debian.org .
- efb2.com and
- The Operating Systems
Group at the Department of
Computer Science, Dresden
University of Technology sponsors
Departamento de Física Fundamental y Experimental at
de La Laguna sponsors
(don't you wish you lived in the Canary Islands!).
- Electrical Engineering College of
the University of Vigo sponsors
- NetVillage Co., Ltd. sponsors
- at-net sponsors
- Philip Hands and
XO Communications, who provide
hardware and bandwidth, respectively, for
- DC edukacja
and Technical University of Gdañsk
sponsor www.pl.debian.org and
- Michigan State University sponsors
- PlanetMirror sponsors
Informed Technology sponsors
- The Italian Linux Society along
with ITGate Network and
- UUNET Nederland and
Cistron Internet host
- Spectrum NET sponsors
- PSINet Korea Inc. sponsors
- Academic Computer Club at
Umeå University sponsors
- University of Oslo,
Sun Microsystems Norway sponsor
- Tampere University of Technology
- PVT.NET sponsors
- CAMTP, Univ. Maribor sponsors
- KPNQwest sponsors
- TVNET and
Network Centre of Hungarian Academic
- Citylink Ltd sponsors
- Departamento de
Informatica, Universidade Federal do Paraná sponsors
- Ege University Computer Engineering
- Linux Enthusiasts Group at
University of Cape Town sponsors
- NPK Technological Centre in
Zelengrad and Chernogolovka Science
- Iskon Internet sponsors
# MindSpring and
# Gigabell AG previously provided
# bandwidth for ftp.debian.org.
# The Department of Electrical
# and Computer Engineering at the
# University of Toronto sponsored
# Stormix Technologies provides
# Dagbladet Børsen A/S
# www.dk.debian.org and
Debian is grateful to these and all the groups around the world that
provide mirrors. Without them, none of this would have been possible.
Our Partners page contains a list of the
organizations that have made other donations to Debian.