Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Apr 2006 17:30 UTC, submitted by kamper
OpenBSD "Frank Hecker from the Mozilla Foundation contacted Theo to inform him that the foundation decided to donate $10000 to the OpenSSH project. Frank mentioned this today in the Mozilla Foundation's status report. The OpenSSH project truly appreciates this gesture of solidarity from such a respectable open source project. Besides this sizeable donation we also received hundreds of smaller donations, mostly from individuals and small companies. Thanks everyone for stepping up to keep OpenBSD/OpenSSH ticking."
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RE[3]: Very Nice!
by pascalc on Wed 5th Apr 2006 12:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Very Nice!"
pascalc
Member since:
2006-04-05

So if Mozilla earns money through the success of their browser they get criticized, and if they give away this money to other (remotely related) projects they get criticized as well because they don't give enough?

Helping the openSD project is a nice gesture from Mozilla, but the most important thing, and this is probably what the Mozilla Fundation expected, is that it gave a lot of publicity to the current OpenBSD financial problems and people/companies will probably donate more.

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RE[4]: Very Nice!
by kamil_chatrnuch on Wed 5th Apr 2006 12:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Very Nice!"
kamil_chatrnuch Member since:
2005-07-07

i agree with you about the publicity thing. what i meant was:
earning money - is great. donating some of it - is great.

but for a non-profit foundation with a $30m budget, i don't see enought of this money floating around. that's all.

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RE[5]: Very Nice!
by pascalc on Wed 5th Apr 2006 12:55 in reply to "RE[4]: Very Nice!"
pascalc Member since:
2006-04-05

Yes but this non profit organization is also hiring new people almost every week, they are no longer a 10 people organization and more like a 100 people one, which means salaries, offices, furniture, travel expenses...

And I do expect them to not spend this money in a year time like somebody you just won the lottery but plan to have money in the bank to remain independent from external pressure for the years to come.

I agree that they should spend much more money in the community tahn they do now (which is close to zero), but I expect them to spend the bulk of it in its direct activities, opening mozilla branches in the world, participating in opensource events, organizing mozilla events, hiring new mozilla developpers, giving money/machines to mozilla localizers, paying the hosting bills of Mozilla portals...

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