Contributed by jason on from the ideas-should-be-kept-to-oneself dept.
Two years ago, I took it upon myself to generate a new source of donations for the OpenBSD project. By donating my experience and time, I had hoped that folks would step up and put their money where their mouth was. The community response was very positive, even to the point that some people were concerned I would be overwhelmed by orders. Unfortunately for OpenBSD, nothing of the sort ever came to happen.
Over the course of the "experiment", I've had a handful of users contact me inquiring about the Enterprise Bundle. Often it would lead to a phone call, although more often than not it was a few emails back and forth. The prospective clients were what I had expected when I first came up with the idea: large businesses or organizations with OpenBSD users who wanted to support the project with donations, but found the lack of not-for-profit status, or lack of tangible goods in return, an obstacle to the financial overseers within. The Enterprise Bundle was an effort to clear those hurdles, offering businesses a tangible consulting service with the payments fully routed to the OpenBSD project.
We finally received our first order in December 2006. Chris Cameron of NetThruPut, Inc. ordered the Small Business Bundle for his employer. I'd like to personally thank Chris and NetThruPut for stepping up and donating to OpenBSD. If more companies would come forward and support the project through CD sales, direct donations, or even through "alternative channels" like the DixonGroup consulting bundles, we'd allow the OpenBSD developers more time to dedicate to hardware driver support, new filesystem advancements, and cool new daemons like hoststated(8), rather than spinning their wheels trying to keep the project funded.
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