A personal appeal from PortableApps.com founder, John T. Haller
Submitted by John T. Haller on September 27, 2012 - 8:00pm
Dear PortableApps.com User,
Today, just after the new 11.0 release of our platform and the start of work on 12.0, I am going to ask you to support PortableApps.com with a donation. Why, you might ask, would a a popular software platform like ours need donations?
PortableApps.com is a software platform that is built differently from most software. It's built to be open, letting you use our portable apps with any other software you like and letting you use any portable software you like with our platform. Our platform and tools are 100% open source software, meaning that the code is available for you and everyone else to examine, enhance and use in other software projects.
At our core, we're a group of volunteers all over the world, over 100 in all, with another 160,000 other members of our community helping to organize, assist other users, and suggest the best apps to add to our collection. Over the past 8 years, we've grown from the very first 'portable app', Firefox Portable, hosted on my personal website, to nearly 600 apps (including tests) used by millions of users in 55 languages in nearly every country around the world. More than 1/3 of a billion apps have been downloaded, all free, double-checked to be free of viruses and malware, automatically updated and 100% legal. Nearly 2 million people visit our website every month to download apps, learn about the benefits of portable software and join our growing community.
But PortableApps.com is more than just a software platform and a format. Our goal is to help change the world with software. Software that's not tied to a single computer. Software that can live locally, on a portable drive, on a mobile phone's memory card or in the cloud. Software that's not tied to a locked-down app store that only works with certain hardware or software. Software that can be written by anyone and used by everyone. All delivered transparently, using open technologies, in a secure and stable environment.
Your donation helps us in several ways. Most importantly, it will help us to pay for the increasing costs of bandwidth for software downloads as well as hosting our website, community forums and app store database as well as paying off the personal loans used to enable us to offer many of those downloads. Donations will also help us improve the PortableApps.com platform, updater, app store and community website as well as upgrade our site to support multiple languages and new features.
PortableApps.com is different. It's one of the largest software projects in the world and it's maintained by volunteers. We want to keep PortableApps.com free and growing, but we need the support of thousands of people like you.
I ask you to join us and donate today, to help keep PortableApps.com free. Together, we're just getting started...