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OpenBSD Foundation Announced 151

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-it-out dept.
OpenBDSfan writes "KernelTrap is reporting on the creation of the OpenBSD Foundation, a Canadian not-for-profit corporation intended to support OpenBSD and related projects, including OpenSSH, OpenBGPD, OpenNTPD, and OpenCVS. The announcement explains, "the OpenBSD Foundation will initially concentrate on facilitating larger donations of equipment, funds, documentation and resources. Small scale donations should continue to be submitted through the existing mechanisms.""
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OpenBSD Foundation Announced

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  • Re:Interesting (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Noryungi (70322) on Thursday July 26, 2007 @03:52AM (#19993929) Homepage Journal
    Given the fact that it was stated by Bob Beck, a member of the OpenBSD programming teams, I think he will be OK with it.

    Besides, the OpenBSD Foundation stated very clearly [openbsdfoundation.org] that it will focus on large donations (of funds, hardware, etc) and that small donations should be sent directly to OpenBSD through the usual channels. RTFA and all that.

    I do think Theo will be A-OK with that.
  • Re:OpenCVS? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Ohreally_factor (593551) on Thursday July 26, 2007 @05:00AM (#19994257) Journal
    It works either way. And if you're auditing it twice, that might be more secure.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 26, 2007 @07:13AM (#19994863)
    I think this is great. Now it should be easier to see just how well the three *bsd camps are doing. FreeBSD has a list of donors on it's foundation web site. Heck, you can get listed for a $1-$19 donation. Sounds like they took a page from the OpenBSD folks, who would list donors on their web site and printed your name in the instructions with the CD for each release until there got to be too many. Now it is just on the web.

    But look at the overhead! NetBSD listed $10k in donations for 2006 and $2k in legal fees, while FreeBSD listed $87k in donations and $54k in payroll expenses. What! Does it take a full time person to collect $150k in donations in 6 months?

    On the other hand, OpenBSD prides itself in being run by volunteers, so I think it should have lower overhead. We will see, how the three compare in getting the dollars. My money is going to OpenBSD.
  • Re:OpenCVS? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Antique Geekmeister (740220) on Thursday July 26, 2007 @07:56AM (#19995215)
    I've worked with CVS. It's limitations are why OpenBSD exists: Theo de Raadt was kicked off of the CVS commit list for NetBSD, with excellent cause, andn this left him unable to gracefully publish his own fork for others to review or integrate.

    Almost every other major source control system would have allowed him to maintain his own fork and publish it, keeping his software synced with or development integrated with the main source tree: Bitkeeper, git, Subversion, Perforce, etc. CVS fails this task pretty seriously.

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