Recently, I've been using free programmes as an alternative to having to buy software.
Using programmes like Paint.net, LanView, OpenOffice, Art Rage etc. these are great applications which provide our needs.
For example, when teachers wanted a programme for image manipulation, they said they wanted Photoshop on 20 PCs! After telling them they had more chance of platting fog, I had a look around and found Paint.net. Great programme and free! It covers all their needs and also was a piece of cake to install on an RM CC3 network.
With many of these programmes, they are developed by people in their spare time away from their 'real' jobs. When the programme is downloaded, there is often a link asking for a donation. Fair enough. But, does anyone actually donate? The only way to donate is generally to use PayPal. As schools don't have PayPal accounts, the only way to do so would be for Technician to donate and then try to claim the money back. This is unlikely to happen (why do you want to pay for free stuff?), and then the Technician is paying for software for the school.
As people don't accept County Council purchase orders, how and does anyone make donations to these people who make these great applications?