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New blog post: Monthly Donations - the Django Project and the "Help on Time" Children's Foundation

It is mid-October, so the time has come to engage in the next round of our aid campaign. This month Jakub was responsible for selecting the open source project and the charity organisation that will be receiving our support.

Jakub decided to honour one of the projects that played a significant role in the recent reconstruction of our website and which is (with the help of other components) currently keeping it running. This project is Django, the most popular web development framework for Python. In addition to our own reconstruction work we have also used Django in several other undertakings, so the project has already seen our support on our blog. Therefore, once more, we thank the developers of Django and congratulate them on such fantastic work!

The second beneficiary of our aid is the “Help on Time” children's foundation, and again this is not their first appearance as we have already provided assistance to them and the children they care for several times in the past. As usual, we give our donation together with our thanks to everyone involved in the foundation’s work. We wish them all the success in their future endeavours.

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New blog post: *Our Brand New Site*

A few days ago we launched a new, thoroughly updated version of our website. We did it without much publicity or great pomp. No champagne popped either. However, we have decided that we should at least write a few words about it here, on our (also refreshed) blog.

What you can see at first glance is the new layout for the site, which is the work of our graphic designer, Marcin. We hope that you like it, and above all that you find it transparent and user-friendly in terms of convenient viewing on desktop and mobile devices.

Nevertheless, the new look of our site is just the tip of the iceberg because, most importantly, we have replaced the site engine. Drupal went into well-deserved retirement and gave way to Wagtail – a content management system written in Python and based on the very popular Django framework.

It was a kind of experiment and a challenge for us, because we had had no prior experience with Wagtail. It was actually just what we needed to put the site together “our own way”, while of course introducing lots of modifications and our own solutions. We got it right: after all web application programming is our daily bread. However, there are still some things that do not work the way we would like, so let's just say that the site is running in its beta version, and we will continue to work on it.

We would like to use the occasion to thank all the authors of the bigger and smaller open source projects that we have enjoyed using to build our new website. These are:

* Wagtail
* Wagtail Blog
* Wagtail Menus
* Wagtail TinyMCE
* Wagtail Captcha
* and of course Django and Python.

A big thank you from our entire team!

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New blog post: *Monthly Donations - Debian and the "Home for a Puppy" Foundation*

Our holidays and summertime are over too fast, but we’ve already wiped the tears off our faces and are celebrating the middle of September by supporting yet another open source project and charitable organisation. This time, our brave programmer from Łódź, Krzysiek Skarbek, has selected the organisations.

Krzysiek is a long-time user and fan of Debian, one of the most valued Linux distributions, so he’s decided to support the project. Our team includes many users of other Linux systems based on Debian, like Ubuntu or Mint, so we all support his choice. We’re sending the Debian team some financial support along with our heartfelt regards.

We’ve also chosen to support the "Home for a Puppy" Foundation from Poddębice. Their aim is to help neglected and abandoned animals. The foundation is a new endeavour as it was created only last year, but it’s already clear that its team fulfils its mission efficiently and with commitment. Krzysiek found the organisation himself when he was seeking a home for a Labrador abandoned at the Przykona beach near Uniejów. According to him, the “Home for a Puppy” Foundation helped him immeasurably. We would like to thank them ourselves and send the foundation our best wishes!

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New blog post: Monthly Donations - The Mozilla Foundation and the “Prima” Labrador Retriever Rescue Foundation

Today we are celebrating a public holiday. That means we have the day off, and there will be no monthly donations... Just joking, of course. While others may be taking a small break, we’ll keep carrying out our donation campaign. This month, the recipients of our financial support have been chosen by Filip, a programmer from Poznań who has been cooperating with us for over a year.

As chosen by Filip, we give our support to the Mozilla foundation, a non-profit organisation established in 2003 to supervise the development of various projects, such as the Firefox web browser or the Thunderbird e-mail client. With time, the foundation has taken further steps to make the Internet open and innovative. Our team includes many users of Mozilla Foundation’s software and we also willingly avail ourselves of its other achievements such as the documentation resulting from the work on the Mozilla Developer Network. We have appreciated the foundation’s work for many years – and we gave them our financial support in 2014 and 2015. This year we are doing it again, feeling happy and grateful for the foundation’s activity. Surely it won’t be the last time!

We would also like to show our support for the “Prima” Foundation in Poznań. Since 2009, it has been helping Labrador Retrievers that have fallen victim to cruelty, either through neglect or abuse. The foundation is named after a female dog which after years of distress found a good owner and a happy new life. We wish all the best to the foundation and its dogs!

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New blog post: Monthly Donations - Libre Office and the "To Rescue Children with Cancer" Foundation

Holiday, vacation, and work is less and less on everyone’s minds... but our enthusiasm for the monthly tradition of supporting open source projects and charity organisations has not dwindled. In July, Ania Hawrył, our steadfast tester, has chosen the recipients of aid.

Ania has decided to support the Libre Office project, an office software package developed in 2010 (based on Open Office). Many members of our team use Libre Office in their daily work with documents and spreadsheets, and we have also utilised it to create many presentations (some of which can be viewed on our Speaker Deck profile). The specially established Document Foundation is behind the project – we’d like to thank it for the many years of effort in developing the package!

The second choice made by Ania is the "To Rescue Children with Cancer" Foundation. The Foundation has been operating for 26 years and has helped over 5,000 children with cancer. We are glad that we can have a small part in this aid and wish all the best to the whole Foundation and all the children under its care!

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New blog post: Monthly Donations - Perl Foundation and the "Cat's Claw" Animal Foundation

It’s summertime – and while, properly speaking, it is neither astronomical nor truly meteorological summer yet, it is summer nonetheless. With the sunbeams shining, we arrive at the June instalment of our monthly financial support campaign for open-source projects and charities.

Today we decided to repeat our choice from exactly a year ago. Our financial support goes to the Perl Foundation, which has been operating since 2000, working on developing the Perl programming language and other related projects. Perl is one of the programming languages which we have continued to use for many projects since the very inception of our business. We are grateful to the Perl Foundation for their efforts, and wish them all the best for their present and future projects. We hope that our contribution will indeed be of help.

Our support also goes to the “Cat’s Claw” Animal Foundation in Poznań. Established in 2006, the foundation is dedicated to helping animals, stray cats in particular. In giving our support, we thank all the people involved in the Foundation’s efforts, and we also wish the best for the volunteers and for the felines under their care.

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New blog post: Monthly Donations - It's been five years! We support the FreeBSD Foundation, Rescue Haven, PuTTy and Marcelek Machowski

As it's already mid-month, it's time for our traditional campaign to support open-source projects and charities. And since it's also May, then this month marks another anniversary of the campaign: it's been five years!

Such an occasion doesn't happen every day, so we would like to celebrate it in a special way, by providing “extra” support for the two organisations we helped in the first edition of our project, way back in 2012. These are the FreeBSD Foundation, which manages the development of the operating system under the same name (we have been using it in our network for years), and the Committee for Helping Animals Association, which has run the Rescue Haven for horses and other animals for several years.

Apart from the anniversary beneficiaries, the “regular” ones were picked by our tireless developer, Mariusz Kalota.

Mariusz chose the PuTTY project, a program for connecting to remote servers via SSH. PuTTY has been the most popular SSH client for Windows users for years, and it has even been ported to other operating systems. The project has turned 18 this year. Congratulations to the authors, and keep up the good work!

Mariusz's other choice, which we make through the “Help on Time” Children's Foundation, is a donation to Marcelek Machowski, a boy of less than seven who was born with spina bifida and requires expensive rehabilitation and treatment every day. Here's all the best to you, Marcelek, and to your parents!

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New blog post: Monthly Donations - JS Foundation and Patryk Arkita

April is unique for its changeable weather, but no matter whether it rains or shines, today is the fifteenth, so it's time to choose who we want to support this month. The decision who receives April's donations were up to Krzysiek Pisera.

We mostly do web development, and JavaScript is one of the languages we use most frequently. Krzysiek has decided we should support the JS Foundation, which oversees a number of JavaScript projects. The foundation was established last October, following the merger of the jQuery Foundation and the Dojo Foundation. The most popular projects it maintains include jQuery, Dojo Toolkit, Grunt and ESLint. The latter has proven particularly useful in our everyday work on large JavaScript projects.

Our other donation goes to Patryk Arkita from Zgierz, Krzysiek's home town. Patryk needs treatment due to a complicated heart condition. We wish him the best of luck and send our warmest thoughts, and encourage the readers of our blog to support Patryk and the JS Foundation as well.

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New blog post: Monthly Donations - Linux Foundation and Karolina Pastwa

Spring is coming fast - it is already the middle of March. This means it's time to provide financial support for another open source project and for somebody who needs help. This time Dawid Jancen makes the choices.

The first of the March donations goes to the Linux Foundation, which has been working since 2000 to support the development of Linux, and they have already received a donation from us back in July 2015. Most of our team uses Linux on their own desk computers and laptops, as well as the servers for the projects we work on - that's why this foundation's activity is close to our hearts. We send our regards to them all, wishing them good luck in the further development of the operating system with the penguin mascot!

This month we are also helping Karolina Pastwa from Tczew. While Dawid and Karolina have never met, they do have mutual friends, and hence his decision to support her. She suffers from a neuroendocrine tumour of the small intestine. Karolina fights for health, not just for herself but also for her son. Karolina, please accept our regards; we are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that your whole family can be healthy.
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