Where do I send the money?What desktop Linux needs is either a business model which will fund the required development effort -- which is probably going to require money coming from users
I'd gladly pay $100/year to fund development. That's more than I would be paying Microsoft for an upgrade once every 4 years, even. $100/year is nothing if it meant having a fully-usable Linux desktop.
I still 6 months later get constant corruption on my R700-based desktop with the very latest kernel, mesa, drm... it's like nobody gives a shit about quality in Linux land. I'd much rather have a stable desktop than GL3 right now. I've been consistently spending more and more and more time in Windows 7 just because it actually works, not to mention works better in some ways, especially ease-of-use for when I just want to get shit done and not dick around for 15 minutes doing things the Linux way. If there were someone I could help fund to reverse this situation, I would. Promise. I used to buy the Red Hat releases when they come out, but Red Hat stopped selling consumer OSes. Ubuntu... I'm not sure where their money comes from, I've never seen them ask for a cent for anything. I don't have the time or the interest to contribute to most of the things in Linux land that don't work well or at all, though I do contribute to some areas that hit my fancy (none related to graphics). It's like I'm stuck using Free Software that can't actually get the job done or I'm stuck using proprietary software.
So yeah, if a measly $100/yr could make a difference, I'm all for it.