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



  • Charlie Henson

    A truly amazing program. Thank you very much.

  • varlesh

    Thx guys!!! You best opensource resource :)

  • NEOAethyr

    1 cent?

    Really, one freaking cent?
    No thanks, I think I’m better off just keeping the code to my self then…

    What a retarded program…

    • si

      without monetization, the guy could have been a contributor.

      • Starbuck2001

        I don’t get your logic deducting this from the guy claiming compensation is not good enough, which we clearly think it is compared to any other means or programs.

  • This explains a lot, and is really a great program :) I’m happy this is happening! Thank you <3

  • I just received one euro (it becomes 0,66 after taxes!) And I don’t even know why… Nice :-)

  • Marian Arlt

    I consider this a very friendly compensation for what would be open source anyways. The only thing I cringe a little is the factor that should soon be adjusted. Uploading a wallpaper from a different source and claiming money for it is weird and has nothing to do with openly sharing ones work. Also programming a Qt Widget or designing whole icon themes is WAY more work than doing a screenshot…It is a nice initiative though. Thank you for this program. I hope it can survive.

    • si

      I have strong doubts, too. Since no guarantuees for anything are given, one cannot reasonably expect to be rewarded for one’s efforts. And then, payout via paypal can – and will – easily lead to breakage, too. So, the disadvantages may easily outweigh any fictional “advantages”. People who donate should know that.

      • Starbuck2001

        We have payed out the last 6 months at this point, so I can’t see this being “fictional”, but actual benefits.

        • Charlie Henson

          It is a real benefit and greatly appreciated.