Linked by the_randymon on Sun 30th Dec 2012 10:08 UTC
FreeBSD It's not exciting to talk about money, but it does often take cash to keep funding the developers that improve code. Congrats to the FreeBSD foundation then, for beating their fundraising goal of $500K by almost 40%. The $690K they raised will go to funding coders, developer conferences, and some limited travel. That bodes well for continued strong support for FreeBSD in general, soon to release version 9.1 (currently at RC3).
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Long live FreeBSD
by graudeejs on Sun 30th Dec 2012 12:56 UTC
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Long live FreeBSD!!!

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Comment by graudeejs
by graudeejs on Sun 30th Dec 2012 12:57 UTC
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Long live *BSD!!

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Congratulations!
by karunko on Sun 30th Dec 2012 13:16 UTC
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2008-10-28

Congratulations are in order, especially considering that on December 9 some "feckin' eejit" submitted the story to Slashdot with the following summary:

"Perhaps a sign of our troubled times or a sign that FreeBSD is becoming less relevant to modern computing needs [...] But with the end of this year fast approaching, it has raised just over $280,000, far short of its target."

Yes, FreeBSD is dying and Netcraft confirms it, yadda yadda yadda, but the poster "forgot" to mention that the Fundraising Campaign had been only announced on December 5 and, therefore, collecting more than 280.000 USD in just four days should have been regarded as a very promising start. And don't get me started about the people that (as usual) hijacked the thread to blame the BSD license for this "failure"!

Anyway, congratulations are certainly in order to anyone involved, and that includes the donors who, rather than argue about the merits/pitfalls of this license or the other, did the right thing and preferred to contribute something tangible -- me included. *grin*

Oh, and even though FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE has not been announced yet, it's been available for a good couple of weeks: clicking on the links leads to the official ISO images (and tar balls) rather than those for RC3 -- at least this is what happens in my part of the world.


RT.

Edited 2012-12-30 13:20 UTC

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RE: Congratulations!
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 30th Dec 2012 14:00 UTC in reply to "Congratulations!"
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2005-06-29

Yeah the same story was submitted to us. I ignored it.

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RE: Congratulations!
by the_randymon on Sun 30th Dec 2012 14:27 UTC in reply to "Congratulations!"
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2005-07-06

In hindsight, I wonder if the "Oh no, they're not getting any money" article was a very clever troll. It spurred me into action and I also sent them a donation. If so, a very clever article indeed.

BSD doesn't get enough credit, I think. It's still somewhat of a hassle to install it on a desktop, but as a server OS it's worth the money. I run http://www.dictatorshandbook.net on it, and it's really truly been rock solid, and comes with a default configuration that already chooses safety over features. That's cool.

Edited 2012-12-30 14:28 UTC

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RE[2]: Congratulations!
by Wafflez on Mon 31st Dec 2012 05:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Congratulations!"
Wafflez Member since:
2011-06-26

Your post is too, a clever troll.

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RE: Congratulations!
by Soulbender on Sun 30th Dec 2012 22:46 UTC in reply to "Congratulations!"
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2005-08-18

"feckin' eejit" submitted the story to Slashdot with the following summary:


That's what you get for reading Suckdot. "BSD is dead" is practically the battle cry around those parts.

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RE: Congratulations!
by andrewclunn on Mon 31st Dec 2012 15:56 UTC in reply to "Congratulations!"
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2012-11-05

The supposed down side of the BSD license is that companies can just take the code, close source it, and release (cough Apple cough). The good part is that then those companies want to continue to take advantage of the development done by the open source community, so they'll throw some money at BSD to keep the dream alive (to the tune of $250,000 it seems).

If Apple wants to "steal" code that's being given away in return for the WebKit and Clang, great. If companies are willing to give big bucks to open source development because they think it's cheaper than hiring coders outright, that's fine by me. Here's to truly open source software, and all the BSD haters can shove it!

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Open Source
by mweichert on Sun 30th Dec 2012 14:45 UTC
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2006-03-23

This is what open source is all about - the sense of community is inspiring within the OSS world.

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It's here
by deej on Sun 30th Dec 2012 18:36 UTC
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2008-02-11

As a nice coincidence 9.1 was just released. ISOs were already available for those that looked. Unfortunately you still can only use ports to install software as the binary package building system isn't up yet after the security breach.

Edited 2012-12-30 18:51 UTC

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RE: It's here
by Drumhellar on Sun 30th Dec 2012 19:57 UTC in reply to "It's here"
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2005-07-12

HAH! I had downloaded 9.1-RELEASE a few days ago without even realizing that it was the release and not RC3. Time to give it a whirl on some bare metal.

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who donated?
by project_2501 on Sun 30th Dec 2012 21:19 UTC
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2006-03-20

Would be interesting to know the breakdown of the donators. Is it laregely private individual contributions .. or a few large corporate donations?

If it is corporations would be useful to know who is backing (and I suspect using) FreeBSD. I was surprised that my blu-ray player's documentation had a copyright notice for netbsd.... !

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RE: who donated?
by the_randymon on Sun 30th Dec 2012 22:19 UTC in reply to "who donated?"
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2005-07-06

See for yourself at http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/sponsors.shtml Looks to me like a healthy mix of corporates and individuals. Some anonymous corp donated a quarter million dollars all in one, but there are hundreds of individuals who gave from $5 and up.

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HAIKU OS
by Treza on Sun 30th Dec 2012 22:13 UTC
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2006-01-11

To the contrary, Haiku seems quite far from their [modest] fundraising goal.

They re-use and adapt BSD drivers, so there is some overlap...

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RE: HAIKU OS
by andrewclunn on Mon 31st Dec 2012 15:24 UTC in reply to "HAIKU OS"
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2012-11-05

Last year they had a smaller goal, and when they achieved it they suddenly upped their goal by 50% Also, they haven't updated their donations since November. Who knows how much they got within the last month?

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on the topic of freebsd
by TechGeek on Sun 30th Dec 2012 23:44 UTC
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Does FreeBSD have any hardware assisted virtualization software for it? Is there a VirtualBox or Xen for the FreeBSD family of OS's?

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RE: on the topic of freebsd
by deej on Mon 31st Dec 2012 06:25 UTC in reply to "on the topic of freebsd"
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2008-02-11

Virtualbox works perfectly. Xen Dom0 support will come with 10.0. Check out http://xenbits.xen.org/people/attilio/presentations/FreeBSD_develop... for more info on the state of Xen support.

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RE: on the topic of freebsd
by Risthel on Mon 31st Dec 2012 10:52 UTC in reply to "on the topic of freebsd"
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2010-12-22

Another option for virtualization on FreeBSD 10 - bhyve ;)

http://bhyve.org/

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RE[2]: on the topic of freebsd
by Soulbender on Mon 31st Dec 2012 11:08 UTC in reply to "RE: on the topic of freebsd"
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2005-08-18

I don't think a hypervisor that runs on freebsd and, right now, can only run freebsd is what the OP had in mind....

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RE: on the topic of freebsd
by graudeejs on Mon 31st Dec 2012 11:14 UTC in reply to "on the topic of freebsd"
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2011-08-11

Jails.... has "pure hardware support" ;)
It runs straight on cpu. lol

Edited 2012-12-31 11:14 UTC

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