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OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014 277

Freshly Exhumed writes "Today the OpenBSD mailing list carried a plea from Theo de Raadt for much needed financial aid for the OpenBSD foundation: 'I am resending this request for funding our electricity bills because it is not yet resolved. We really need even more funding beyond that, because otherwise all of this is simply unsustainable. This request is the smallest we can make.' Bob Beck, of the OpenBSD Foundation, added: 'the fact is right now, OpenBSD will shut down if we do not have the funding to keep the lights on.'" The electricity bill in question is $20,000 a year for build servers located in Canada.
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OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014

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  • fuck them (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @01:56PM (#45967237)

    It is now official. Netcraft has confirmed: *BSD is dying

            One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

            You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin [] to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

            FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

            Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

            OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

            Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

            All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

  • by Gothmolly ( 148874 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @02:05PM (#45967369)

    If he was magnetic enough, he could produce his own electricity.

  • by funwithBSD ( 245349 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @02:11PM (#45967453)

    RMS donated a quarter.

  • by FreonTrip ( 694097 ) <.freontrip. .at.> on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @02:14PM (#45967501)
    That he found stuck to the bottom of his foot.
  • Wait (Score:5, Funny)

    by MBGMorden ( 803437 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @02:31PM (#45967753)

    Apparently there's free as in speech and free as in beer, but there is no free as in electricity.

  • by killkillkill ( 884238 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @02:36PM (#45967839)
    At least this time he didn't eat it []
  • by swamp boy ( 151038 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @02:53PM (#45968047)

    this shows just how irresponsible we all are. openbsd is arguably the most relevant/important OSS project after the linux kernel.

    Theo, is that you?

  • by pr0nbot ( 313417 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @02:57PM (#45968097)

    Each of you who clicks this link is only increasing their electricity bills!

  • Re:Wait (Score:5, Funny)

    by TheloniousToady ( 3343045 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @02:59PM (#45968109)

    Yes, there is. Think about it - I bet it will hit you like a lightning bolt soon.

  • by SuperBanana ( 662181 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @03:28PM (#45968443)

    Further ideas for funding levels:

    "Theo Happy Day" - for each person who contributes at that level, Theo behaves like a responsible, polite, civil, empathetic human being for an entire day.

    "Fire suit" - for this contribution, you are entitled to one (1) interaction with Theo where he does not insult, belittle, demean, or behave in a condescending manner, towards you.

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