OpenCandy.com has contacted me about using their service as a way to
monmetize Tux Paint. Basically, our Win32 installer would show a
recommendation for other software the user may wish to install.
(We control what gets recommended, and software like Google Chrome,
MS Bing, StumpbleUpon were mentioned). If the user who installing TP
opts to install the other app too, we earn a comission (in the USD$0.25
to $1.25 range, it seems).
To make it clear, the recommendation (I suppose calling it an 'ad' is not
too inaccurate) only occurs during installation, not within TP itself.
I would want us to continue to provide the non-installer ZIP alternative
for the more paranoid Win32 users (a feature which has landed TP in a number
of "portable software" collections -- think apps you run from USB flash disk).
Some friends on Facebook have also suggested providing a non-OpenCandy
What do people here think? I'm also not sure what to do with any
earnings. (Right now the small amount I made from Google AdSense ads go
to me, and I use it -- combined with ad earnings from a free game site I
run, to cover hosting costs of the game site.)
I certainly could use extra cash, to be honest. Though sharing some or
all of it back to Tux4Kids (non-profit via SPI) would be great.
Apparently once open source app developer is earning enough from OpenCandy
to work on his project full-time. A pipe dream of mine ;)
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