Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Mar 2006 21:49 UTC
OpenBSD "Theo de Raadt is the project leader for OpenBSD, a Unix-like operating system. We spoke with Theo about the upcoming release of OpenBSD, 3.9, the financial state of the project, and about companies that profit from free software without contributing back."
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"Due to the thread breakage, I'm not sure if you imply that this is a bad thing. To me, it's using the license exactly as it is intended, and therefore completely OK..."

I was trying to say that it does not matter in this case which of the two licenses are employed, as such is irrelevant to the issue of the project needing more money. BSDL or GPL, the real problem is going to remain. GPLing OpenBSD isn't going to make Theo's electrical bills any smaller, nor will it make Sun or whoever else feel obligated to give OpenBSD more funds.

License here is irrelevant. Managing what money they do have, or finding out a way to bring in more is what's important.


I like OpenBSD, tho it is not my primary system. I am fairly neutral when it comes to TdR. I'd like very much for their work to continue.

It's been said that the OpenBSD Hackathons have been wildly productive affairs. Personally, I can't see why you can't just have all the devs using VOIP and supplying their own beer and avoiding the costs of travel altogether, but that's just me.

Google ads on the OpenBSD site, could be another minor option to help increase income. Retiring some of the more ancient and power hungry machines in his basement and move the continuing development of the more uncommon architectures on virtual harware and so on.

Sure, none of my suggestions are perfect, and some of them would have drawbacks, but for the time being it seems that they can't continue as they have and still be productive.

EDIT: can -> can't

Edited 2006-03-29 10:34

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