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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RE: Lots of BS
by robertojdohnert on Fri 17th Jan 2014 18:47 UTC in reply to "Lots of BS"
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Unfortunately thats the nature of the beast. While I myself consider all input helpful, some others may not. When I needed funding I got plenty of advice from people alot of it didnt work, this current method I'll let you know. But this isn't about me its about OpenBSD. I think everyone right now is just trying to find a solution and I'm just surprised the two biggest corporations who use OpenBSD code, Apple and Microsoft are not assisting OpenBSD in any way. Microsoft uses it in UNIX subsystem or whatever its called now. But once again, I think it comes down to perception. People see what they consider a huge entity, and they see they have sponsors and they see they are in the news and they figure everything's nice and dandy and sustainable and thats not always the case. You have to make people realize that you need funds to go on. Also, a good rule of thumb is not to threaten to take a free project and make it a paid product. You disorient your userbase, you make them angry and they will go elsewhere. Now, those that do stick around for your paid product, who think its reasonable then start to have certain expectations and you gotta offer them something to enhance the value, which in turn requires more resources. So, there are no easy answers and no quick fix. Im sure that the OpenBSD team does appreciate the donations that probably have come in, but now they have to find a way to sustain that. But, lets say that the BSD website has had 500 views and 500 people donated $5.00. Thats $2,500 dollars which goes to their goal. Now I know that doesnt seem like much but it gives them a good starting base. And yes for those of you that are probably wondering, I donated to them.

Roberto J. Dohnert
Head Developer
Black Lab Linux

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