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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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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