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  1. Pro developers get assurances. OSS maintainers get paid.

  2. Liberapay is a recurrent donations platform.

    Well there's a few services to help[0], and I see many Github projects with a link in the readme asking for donations and such. But then the project is basically `donationware` and the income is unreliable. I think we need more /reliable/ streams of income instead of digital panhandling. [0] https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ [0] https://www.patreon.com/ [0] https://liberapay.com/.
  3. Get paid to build what you love on GitHub

    Since you mention GitHub, I have been enjoying using GitHub Sponsors when available: https://github.com/sponsors.
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    I wrote a post about this! The problem is not that there is no money, or that they don't want to donate, it's that there isn't a good way for them to donate. https://medium.com/@paulbiggar/how-to-fund-open-source-8790e42e10fe.
  5. SimpleSAMLphp is an OAuth authentication application written in native PHP.

    I've long been impressed by https://simplesamlphp.org/ which is led by UNINETT, a state-owned company responsible for Norway's National Research and Education Network. It's a serious competitor to Shibboleth in the SAML space.
  6. Ghost is a fully open source, adaptable platform for building and running a modern online publication. We power blogs, magazines and journalists from Zappos to Sky News.

    paid Free Trial $36.0 / Monthly (100k views/month, 2 users)

    I gotta admit, I like the open core model. When it's done right, it seems like a reasonable way to monetize while still getting development done and encouraging a community and ecosystem. I've been looking at how Ghost[0] set things up[1] and it seems to be working very well. The company is non-profit and has certain restrictions in place to ensure that they don't become evil. Still, it won't work for everything...