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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall 209

Posted by timothy
from the money-is-what-keeps-the-lights-on dept.
New submitter MrBingoBoingo writes "Recently it was announced here on Slashdot that OpenBSD was facing an impending shortfall that jeopardized its continued existence. A sponsorship to save OpenBSD has been announced, and it wasn't one of the usual culprits that saved OpenBSD, but a Romanian Bitcoin billionaire."
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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

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  • by Neo-Rio-101 (700494) on Monday January 20, 2014 @01:48AM (#46010661)

    .... he's not going to want the attention, lest he get kidnapped.

  • Hmmmm (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cold fjord (826450) on Monday January 20, 2014 @01:51AM (#46010687)

    Interesting.... [bitcoin-assets.com]

    I hope it works out for OpenBSD, but the proof is in the pudding.... or the check clearing.

  • How about we be a little more careful with twitter links, K?
    • It's the right link.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Frosty Piss (770223) *

      In Canada that actually should be rather easy.

      1. What's NSFW about the Twitter page? A guy with an open shirt?
      2. It's after 9pm PST on the MLK weekend. Where do you work?
      3. What are you doing surfing Slashdot at work for anyway?

      • It's Monday evening east of the international date line. Slashdot has an international readership...

        Where I'm from, NSFW stands for New South F'ing Wales, Australia. Yet this article is about Romania, not Sydney. :)

  • by Anonymous Coward
    He sells futures, which he refuses to honor if he loses.

    He steals from people.

    OpenBSD should refuse his donation, the funds are the proceeds of crime.
    • He honors his losses. Links please?
    • by Immerman (2627577) on Monday January 20, 2014 @02:25AM (#46010877)

      Assume everything you say is true, it seems to me there are two outcomes possible:
      (1) Donation accepted:
      criminal has less money
      OpenBSD safe for another year (or whatever)
      (2) Donation refused:
      criminal has more money to perpetuate further crimes
      OpenBSD remains in danger of shutting down

      In what universe is (2) a better outcome?

      Now if Popescu is attempting to buy considerations that might change things, but being a criminal doesn't automatically mean you can't be an honest philanthropist, just look at Bill Gates. (Okay, so maybe not the worlds best possible example of honest philanthropy, but still)

      • Mircea Popescu is very nice person, thank you for saving OpenBSD. Now, why are some a-holes here bouthmouthing one person that did something to help OpenBSD's problem?! And jumping to conclusions and all. Jesus Christ that will teach any future milionares to sponsor FOSS.
        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          Here, here. Where was Tim Cook? Where was Steve Wozniak? WHere was the Oracle douche Ellison? Missing. What was here for the Open Source Movement? An mysterious Bitcoin Billionaire who likes young women nude in public.
        • by Immerman (2627577)

          Your sentiment is quite correct. I should have made it more explicit that I know nothing of Popescu except that he has made this generous donation to a worthy project, and my assumption was purely for the sake of argument.

          That said I should also say I know absolutely nothing about his "niceness" either, the quality appears to have no particular correlation with either generosity or alleged criminal behavior.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    A bitcoin story with .. ah, who cares with what - IT IS BITCOIN AND IT HAS SAVED THE DAY !!

  • by hackus (159037) on Monday January 20, 2014 @02:58AM (#46011005) Homepage

    That sort of an electrical bill is a crap explanation in my opinion to support the development and deployment of OpenBSD developers and users.

    Poor management is more likely the explanation.

    I mean, for example to not watch the cash flow, and all of a sudden require a huge cash intake is something I don't understand.

    This sort of problem should have been apparent YEARS AGO, anyone managing the infrastructure could have seen coming and there should have been PLENTY of time to correct the issue.

    Am I missing something here people if so please do explain.

    -Hack

    • by MrBingoBoingo (3481277) on Monday January 20, 2014 @03:07AM (#46011067) Homepage
      This electricity bill was explained last Slashdot post. OpenBSD builds for VAX. OpenBSD builds for 68K. I for one am happy someone builds modern software to let the Vaxen run.
    • by Pinhedd (1661735) on Monday January 20, 2014 @03:24AM (#46011161)

      It's purely poor management. From what I understand, the build servers are absolutely archaic beasts that had they been replaced long ago would not have led to such astronomically high bills. It also doesn't help that they seem to be located in Theo de Raadt's basement.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        From what I understand, the build servers are absolutely archaic beasts that had they been replaced long ago would not have led to such astronomically high bills. /p>

        There are a variety of of build serves. There are ones for SPARC (and SPARC64), MacPPC, SGI/MIPS, VAX, etc.:

        http://openbsd.org/plat.html

        One of the reasons why this is done is help expose bugs. Some issues are only exposed on non-mainstream architectures, and if everyone only uses certain CPUs, then they won't be found (as easily). Back in the early 1990s, not many people used DEC Alpha, but by supporting it (both in the BSD and Linux world), it kept kernel developers "honest" when it came to supporting thin

      • by iggymanz (596061)

        not poor management at all, the varying architectures with their alignment issues expose bugs, many of them. Did you know projects like Linux have huge alignment bugs that cause major security holes that crop up again and again because they mainly build and test only on x86-32 and x86-64? If you follow the CVE you'd know this.

        The power requirements are not astronomical at all, those of us in the business of caring for racked servers in HVAC controlled areas know this.

        here's a post from The

        • by Pinhedd (1661735)

          I made no comment about the varying architectures, I made a comment about the build servers themselves.

          2.5 racks of ancient equipment is too much equipment. Modernizing those servers would cut the physical and electrical load down by at least 80%. Moving it to a more effective location would go even further. There are some places in the states that rent out a full 42u rack with a 20 amp supply and an unmetered gigabit link for around $700 a month. Colocation in Canada is more expensive across the board but

      • by hackus (159037)

        Ok well than that is fine.

        I am not arguing about how the implementation of the development should proceed. If they truly need specific older models of hardware to do on point engineering of the OS kernel that demonstrates superior debug outcomes, fine.

        BUT PLAN THE BUDGET TO DO SO.

        Don't hold everyone on all architectures hostage because a 1989 Vax system chews up 90% of the electrical bill.

        If people want that sort of support it has to be paid for SOMEHOW.

        -Hack

    • You can't correct a lack of donations without some sort of crisis. Typically, that crisis is advertising a lack of funding.
      Years ago they identified the same problem and worked to fix it. Obviously it was not permanent.
      So no, in your sense, management is not the problem.
      But management refuses to use donated rack space and insists on testing on real hardware for obscure platforms.
      Some say that's poor management, some say it is needed.
      Still others say if it were needed it would be funded, yet more others say

  • I am very glad to see these projects funded. I like a diverse ecosystem of operating systems and ideas as opposed to a homogeneous realm of only one flavor of GNU/Linux or BSD. The more things being tried, the better. Despite the bitterness expressed here with the OpenBSD team and the way they run things, I admire their dedication. They produce some lovely stuff like OpenSSH. I am not a fan of Godaddy, but was pleased even they sent a cheque for development of OpenSSH. It is a worthwhile goal. The more oper
  • any proof that this isn't just someone typing into IRC?

    where is the announcement from Theo?

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