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OpenBSD Foundation benefit Auction / Absolute OpenBSD 2nd Ed.

Contributed by pitrh on from the do-I-hear-one-billion-dollars dept.

Author Michael Lucas has kindly donated a signed copy of the very first production copy of Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition to an auction benefitting the OpenBSD Foundation:

OpenBSD Foundation benefit Auction:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200913454300

A special auction has been arranged with Michael Lucas and No Starch Press to raise funds for the OpenBSD Foundation. See the link above.

This will be an auction of the guaranteed first copy off the press of Michael Lucas's Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd edition, which is due before the end of this month. This copy will be personally signed by the author, and accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. A DRM free digital version will also be made available to the winner.

The auction is handled by Computer Shop of Calgary. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the OpenBSD Foundation.

Auction says Credit Cards or PayPal is accepted, but I am sure we could arrange alternate methods. Hey, the OpenBSD crowd is clever enough to each have a stash of BitCoins, no? Cost you nothing, right? Just a tiny handful would do wonders!

Enjoy the fun!

Austin Hook

OpenBSD project leader Theo de Raadt added:

I would like to thank Michael for coming up with this idea.

For those who missed the fine print, this will go to the OpenBSD Foundation. The donations the Foundation receives go exclusively towards funding OpenBSD project costs.

This will join donations that fund approximately 90% of our hackathon costs (where much of our development happens), and around 90% of our network costs.

The other people who donate don't get an item like this (unless they are bidding against you and win).

This is the perfect chance to grab a unique piece of OpenBSD history, and support the project while you're at it.

Update: The auction is over, and has raised $1,145.00 US for the OpenBSD Foundation! Congratulations to the winning bidder, and another round of thanks to Michael Lucas for making this happen.

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  1. By Michael W Lucas (agshekeloh) mwlucas@blackhelicopters.org on http://www.michaelwlucas.com

    I was looking forward to egging people on to pass the $600 record set by auctioning Absolute FreeBSD. Taunting people. Playing these two BSD communities against each other. But the record has already been smashed.

    All that's left is... hmmm, let's see. Ah, I know! <dons cowboy hat, spurs, and six-shooter.> Ahem:

    "You don't have the guts to bid any higher!"

    Yeah, that'll do.

    1. By sneaker (sneaker) on

      > I was looking forward to egging people on to pass the $600 record set by auctioning Absolute FreeBSD. Taunting people. Playing these two BSD communities against each other. But the record has already been smashed.
      >
      > All that's left is... hmmm, let's see. Ah, I know! <dons cowboy hat, spurs, and six-shooter.> Ahem:
      >
      > "You don't have the guts to bid any higher!"
      >
      > Yeah, that'll do.

      I'd like to think it would've happened anyway. But the genius of your jab was immediately apparent.

      I wonder how many auctions the market will bear? This should be the first of many. How much for Theo to do my voice mail greeting? :-)


      OpenBSD Smash!

      1. By Michael W Lucas (agshekeloh) on http://www.michaelwlucas.com

        > I wonder how many auctions the market will bear? This should be the first of many.

        Other author's experiences say that the market won't bear many auctions, actually. They're going to remain fairly rare for the time being.

        Better to have occasional effective stunts -- er, auctions -- rather than numerous ineffective ones.

        > How much for Theo to do my voice mail greeting? :-)

        Wait until he needs a new liver. I'm sure he'll make a trade then...

        ==ml

  2. By TOOGAM (63.231.28.164) on http://toogam.com

    So I checked this out.
    It is an eBay auction.
    I also noticed that my automatic price-comparison browser toolbar kicked in.
    Apparently I can get this for over twenty times cheaper at Amazon.com.

    Upon reflection, I have determined this is good. The auction is currently exceeding twenty times Amazon's price.

    Congrats on a successful stint (I say, while there are still four days left for it to become even more successful).

    1. By Michael W Lucas (agshekeloh) on http://www.michaelwlucas.com

      > Apparently I can get this for over twenty times cheaper at Amazon.com.

      Bah! You can get it for 19 times cheaper directly from OpenBSD.

      Heck, I'll sell you a copy directly, for 10 times cheaper.

      Final total: $1145. I class this as "not too shabby."

      ==ml

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