Helping to fund your favourite open-source applications will become much easier in Ubuntu 11.04.

A new method will be introduced to the Ubuntu Software Store to allow users to ‘sponsor a package’ for any amount they so wish via the in-place UbuntuOne payment structure.

Talking on the initiative Mark Shuttleworth said he hopes it will create a ‘vibrant, healthy ecosystem’ for application developers who will be able to use the funding to ‘raise their game’.

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