Whilst OGRE is free under its open source license, it's not entirely free to run - everything has a cost. Ohloh estimates the total cost of having developed OGRE (although this has to be taken with a pinch of salt) at nearly $6.6 million, and whilst our direct costs are nowhere near that level, we nevertheless have to spend a few thousand dollars a year on hosting, hardware, travel and such, some of which is covered by advertising.
So if you have enjoyed using Ogre, or perhaps it has helped you making a little money yourself, a donation is always appreciated, large or small.
Donations will be used to cover any shortfall in our hosting costs, to purchase hardware and software to help developing Ogre, travel occasionally to conferences, and other Ogre-related causes. On occasion, we may have donation drives for specific funding goals, and those will be presented on this page when appropriate.
So if you donate, what do you get out of it?
- A sponsor badge recognising the donation in the forums, if you provide your user name while donating.
Badges will last for 12 months, and grades are awarded depending on the amount donated over a 12-month period. Those with merit badges in the forum already (which cannot be bought!) will have their sponsor status appended to their description.
- A warm fuzzy feeling inside, knowing that your donation is helping fund the OGRE project for the benefit of all
Sponsors over the last 12 months will also be listed in the Sponsors page, provided a forum account name is provided when donating.
It's also worth mentioning what donating doesn't get you - it doesn't get you any more influence or attention than any other user, in the forum or otherwise. Donations are voluntary and cannot come with any conditions or expectations of special treatment attached.
To make a donation go to official Donation Page.
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