If you find OpenELEC useful, then we'd really appreciate it if you'd consider contributing to the project however you can. Donating is the easiest, and with options to use PayPal, Flattr or Bitcoin it's also pretty flexible.
We haven't set up our donation pages to suggest a donation amount, instead we'd like you to just donate whatever you feel comfortable with—whether it's little or a lot we'll certainly appreciate it.
Note: You do not need a PayPal account to make a PayPal donation.
It's not the only way to help though...
Why I should contribute?
OpenELEC is a free, open source embedded operating system XBMC media player. Both OpenELEC and XBMC—the interface you see—are GPL (GNU General Public License) software, running on the mighty GPL Linux kernel. GPL code is developed by enthusiastic amateurs and professionals alike and the combination of OpenELEC, XBMC and Linux represents millions of man hours of donated developer time. On top of that, we have to support our full-time developer sraue!
There is absolutely no requirement for users to contribute; if you choose not to donate then you can use OpenELEC just as those that have chosen to contribute and you'll get access to the IRC channel and support forums—but keep in mind that code that runs OpenELEC needs to be developed and tested on hardware and unfortunately that hardware isn't free! Additionally, for the OpenELEC team to deliver the best end product possible supporting as many hardware platforms as possible, they need the latest hardware to test and compile code on.
OpenELEC also requires Internet hosting (for this very Website) and hosting also costs money. The more popular OpenELEC becomes, the more downloads we will get and the more we'll have to pay for the extra bandwidth.
ALL donations go towards either bandwidth, domain costs, build servers or testing hardware. We don't make any profit, so rest assured everything you donate gets used to make OpenELEC better.
PayPal users: A donation will cost us more than a gift—strange but true (and it's odd that PayPal charge for a donation!). If you do have a PayPal account, the cost for us can be reduced to a very small amount by sending your donation as a gift. Here is how it is done:
Go to PayPal.com and login
Go to Send money, click the personal tab and select gift
Can I donate hardware, bandwidth, time or any other way?
OpenELEC is not about profit so we welcome you to contribute any way that you can and just because you can't code doesn't mean you can't contribute. If you want to donate time, hunt out something anywhere on the project you feel you can improve and just go for it. For example this website is maintained by a user as is our Wiki.
If you have hardware or hosting you think the developers could make use of then please contact the team via IRC, email or the forum.
What is OpenELEC currently spending donations on?
As of writing all donations are being spent on hosting charges and any left over contributions are being accumulated to purchase a new build server.