Introducing “Plings”

On May 1st we started our beta testphase to compensate creators for their contributions on a voluntary base.

After 5 months of testing, we feel confident to introduce it publicly to anyone contributing to the Opendesktop platform to keep it growing for the benefit of everyone who enjoys OpenSource and Free/Libre Software and Content.


How does Pling work?

Contributors to any part of the Opendesktop platform get Plings each time their contribution/product is downloaded. Pling converts download-clicks into monetary value based on the following terms:

1 Pling = 0.01 US-Dollar (1 $-cent)
Plings = Number of Downloads * Pling-Factor

Also each product category is valued by a so-called “Pling-Factor”.
Here is the current Pling Factor overview :
For the start, each category has a value of “1”.

Based on the actual amount of content and downloads, we may adjust these values at any time, even during a month.


How are Plings paid out?

The amount of Plings for each user is paid out every month.

Payouts are voluntary and we reserve the right to cancel any single product or payout or all payouts without any reason.

In order to receive your Plings, you need to provide a valid PayPal option under your OpenDesktop account settings.
We are currently evaluating using Bitcoin as a payout method in the future.

We hope this form of compensation values those who put time and effort into creating free and open source software and content and therefore leads to an increase of quality and sustainability to do so in the future.

If you have any questions or ideas regarding plings, please leave a comment or join our forums.

The Team


Opendesktop App released

The official Opendesktop App has been released and is available for download here:


Opendesktop App allows you to “Install” and “Manage” any items downloaded under “My Collection”.
Starting with wallpapers, it is also possibly to directly “Apply” an item from within the App, so a picture is then set as current background under most Linux distros and desktop environments.


For any feedback, please leave a comment on the app page or post in our forums.


Introducing OCS-URL

The OCS-URL utility works under most Linux Desktop Environments and allows for easy 1-click installation directly from any associated site.

You can find the project page with download and instructions here: