"Ask not what an free software community can do for you, ask what you can do for free software community". This is the spirit that drives the free software community. It's not built by some mega corporation and handed over to you in a box; it's built by each of us, you and me who use, develop or promote free software.
KDE is one such project which is purely driven by a community which believes in free software, which believes in giving complete control of the system to its users.
I recently switched to KDE and am really impressed with the work developers have done on it. These developers don't have magic wand or heavy corporate backing to create what you and I use every day. These mortals work with each other to create one of the oldest desktop environments (KDE was founded in 1996, Gnome/Xfce in 1997), they mostly community through the web, but nothing can match face-to-face real world interaction where these developers meet with each other and discuss various aspects of KDE.
One such event is Randa Meeting.
The KDE Randa Meetings are a small gathering of KDE contributors in the village of Randa, Switzerland. For the fourth year, the intense Randa sprints will include key KDE projects and top developers, all collaborating concurrently under one roof, isolated from noise and distractions.
This year the organizers are trying out something different to fund the event. They are approaching the users, developers and supporters of free software to make it happen. The goal is to raise Euro 10,000 to fund the event. This is where you come in picture, if you are a free software user, developer or supporter you can chip in to make it happen. The project has already raised 76% or Euro 7,685 and it needs Euro 2.315 more.
If you want to support the event, click on the plegde icon below make your contribution to the project.