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03 November 2009, 11:57

Amarok project joins Software Freedom Conservancy

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The Amarok Team have announced that Amarok project has joined the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC). The Software Freedom Conservancy is composed of various Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects and provides member projects with administrative and financial services.

Amarok is the de-facto open source music player for the KDE desktop.

As the SFC is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in the United States, member projects also fall under their legally registered charity status. According to a blog post by Amarok project founder and developer Mark Kretschmann, the "move allows donors to give tax-deductible donations, and it increases the transparency in the spending of Amarok's funds".

The Amarok developers are seeking a fresh round of donations to support the project and future versions of the music player. They note that "attending conferences, representing the development team at booths and giving talks at various events involves some real money in travelling and accommodation". The team are aiming to raise $10,000 for the coming year and are asking users to "show some love to the Amarok Team" by making tax-deductible donations during their "Rokvember" drive.

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