We’re thrilled to announce the beta of GitHub Sponsors, a new way to financially support the developers who build the open source software you use every day. Open source developers build tools for the rest of us. GitHub Sponsors is a new tool to help them succeed, too.
This coincides with Friends of Apache Groovy and SDKMAN joining Open Collective during the past months. I hope some of the projects in the Groovy ecosystem (e.g. Geb, spock....) apply to this initiative since integrating sponsorship capabilities directly in Github, a place where most open source lives, may lower the barrier to become a sponsor. Also, it may be easier to discover directly through Github UI that a project can be financially supported which in turn may lead to a healthier open source landscape.
After seeing open source from the insight for the past 2.5 years, I think many open source projects, which many important private projects rely on, are maintained by people waking up early and coding away on their pijamas. Anything we can do to make it more maintainable is worth trying.