Recently new update 0.3.2 is released, more than 5 million downloads. The elementary OS is becoming one of the major distro ( I believe, at present it is, but it will increase in future). We (=EU) are happy with the free distribution. On the other hand, it costs very much to the elementary team for development, marketing, and maintenance etc.,
Who pays for elementary. Is there any contribution from canonical?
I know its ask for contribution before downloading .iso, but since that is optional many may skip
Also, how elementary make money? Are there any dedicated (permanent) employees (devs)?