Packt Publishing Donates Over $100,000 to Open Source Projects

    BIRMINGHAM, England, March 18 /CNW/ - Packt Publishing
( today announced that its donations to Open Source
projects surpassed the $100,000 mark. Following its first donation to the
phpMyAdmin project in April 2004, the company has gone on to provide sustained
support for over thirty different open source projects.
    Packt has introduced initiatives such as the Open Source Project Royalty
Scheme and Open Source CMS Award to provide sustained donations to projects
over the last four years. The Open Source Project Royalty Scheme allows
projects to benefit from the publication of a book, as they are allocated a
percentage of every copy sold. "This is something that we offer to every open
source project that we publish on," said Damian Carvill, Packt's marketing
manager. "Packt is proud to have reached this significant milestone and
remains committed to keeping donations at the heart of its long-term
publishing strategy."
    The Open Source CMS Award is entering its third year and as its name
suggests, is designed to support, recognize, and reward Open Source Content
Management Systems. The winner of 2007's Overall Award was Drupal
(, a project which also benefits from Packt's Open Source
Project Royalty Scheme. "The Drupal project and its community have grown
sharply over the last couple of years. The support that Packt has shown,
through its book royalties and awards, has contributed to that success and
helped the project handle its growth," explains Dries Buytaert, Drupal's
founder. "The Drupal Association uses the money that Packt donates on a number
of things including, server infrastructure and the organization of events."
    Open Source software is freely available and free from restrictions. Open
Source projects survive largely on financial donations and support to cover
the essentials that keep them running. Therefore, regular donations are vital
for their ongoing development and relevancy. "The support that Packt has
provided to the jQuery project has been immensely valuable" said John Resig,
founder of jQuery ( the hugely popular Open Source
JavaScript library. "jQuery survives off the charity of its users and having
these contributions has helped us to continue operations and expand into new
projects like: developing new components, plugins, and general accessibility
    For more information on Packt Publishing and its donations to Open
Source, please visit

    About Packt Publishing

    Packt, pronounced Packed, published its first book in April 2004 and
subsequently continued to specialize in publishing focused books on specific
technologies and solutions. Packt's books and publications share the
experiences of fellow IT professionals in adapting and customizing today's
systems, applications, and frameworks.
    Its solutions-based books give you the knowledge and power to customize
the software and technologies you're using to get the job done. Packt is a
modern and unique publishing company with a focus on producing cutting-edge
books for communities of developers, administrators, and newbies alike.
    For further information on Packt Publishing, please visit

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