Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Jan 2014 23:08 UTC, submitted by jz

See the email thread on the misc list for more details.

In light of shrinking funding, we do need to look for a source to cover project expenses. If need be the OpenBSD Foundation can be involved in receiving donations to cover project electrical costs.

But the fact is right now, OpenBSD will shut down if we do not have the funding to keep the lights on.

If you or a company you know are able to assist us, it would be greatly appreciated, but right now we are looking at a significant funding shortfall for the upcoming year - Meaning the project won't be able to cover 20 thousand dollars in electrical expenses before being able to use money for other things. That sort of situation is not sustainable.

The OpenBSD project is the incubator for a number of other projects including OpenSSH and OpenSMTPD. If you use these or just want the project to survive, consider making a donation.

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by robertojdohnert on Fri 17th Jan 2014 04:27 UTC
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Some people dont understand that if you try and be a pure open source project, you can only rely on what few little things you sell. This includes CD sets, t-shirts and also donations. Thats the only way you can keep running without direct funding by any type of company or corporate entity. Some people see "sponsor" and they think huge amounts of money changes hands and thats not the case in all scenarios. Running a project like this myself, and I wish them the best of luck.

Roberto J. Dohnert
Head Developer
Black Lab Linux Project

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