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Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor
Contributed by tbert on Tue Jul 7 16:03:41 2015 (GMT)
from the makes-the-world-go-round dept.

On the heels of announcing support for SSH, and specifically OpenSSH, Microsoft has become the OpenBSD Foundation's first-ever Gold contributor:

The OpenBSD Foundation is happy to announce that Microsoft has made a significant financial donation to the Foundation. This donation is in recognition of the role of the Foundation in supporting the OpenSSH project. This donation makes Microsoft the first Gold level contributor in the OpenBSD Foundation's 2015 fundraising campaign.

Donations to the Foundation can be made on our Donations Page.

We can be contacted regarding corporate sponsorship at fundraising@openbsdfoundation.org.

It's encouraging to see words followed by action, especially for such a critical piece of software.

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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 12/106)
by Josh Grosse (129.9.75.252) on Wed Jul 8 14:05:39 2015 (GMT)
  Congratulations! It's terrific that the company followed up their adoption of OpenSSH with significant funding.
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 12/94)
by brynet (Brynet) on Wed Jul 8 14:33:54 2015 (GMT)
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  Awesome! :-)
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 6/96)
by Anonymous Coward (2601:186:4180:61:7c86:69:8d1b:c5f8) on Wed Jul 8 14:35:51 2015 (GMT)
 
Many thanks to Microsoft for their support of the OpenBSD Foundation!
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 8/98)
by Rick Hanson (rh) (rick@tamos.net) on Wed Jul 8 15:01:32 2015 (GMT)
  Very encouraging to see. I hope this is a great example for other organizations (and people) to follow!
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  Microsoft Cyanogen (mod -8/94)
by Chas (147.154.235.102) on Wed Jul 8 16:17:09 2015 (GMT)
 

I bet that I know where this is coming from. OpenBSD is the basis of Anroid's libc.

Surprise, Google!

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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 11/93)
by Amit Kulkarni (170.49.177.80) on Wed Jul 8 19:24:14 2015 (GMT)
  If you can't beat them, join them.
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod -20/112)
by Anonymous Coward (24.138.98.109) on Thu Jul 9 00:28:33 2015 (GMT)
  I just hope it's not another Microsoft "Embrace, Extend and Crush" move.
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod -1/85)
by Ilyas Bakirov (82.200.241.50) on Thu Jul 9 03:23:20 2015 (GMT)
  2015 year is full of Microsoft Open Source surprise :)
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod -2/90)
by Anonymous Coward (212.184.222.170) on Thu Jul 9 06:36:49 2015 (GMT)
  Considering the unusually high amount of comments...
Why do I get the feeling that a lot of them come from some PR drones?
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 6/84)
by Damien Couderc (91.135.176.215) on Thu Jul 9 07:41:17 2015 (GMT)
  All of it started with Comic Sans ...
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod -3/93)
by bluszcz (83.49.0.115) on Thu Jul 9 15:08:57 2015 (GMT)
  Thats funny. Reminds me story with Darpa, when everyone was surprised like an infant after what happened.

Now, after fighting with closed drivers world and producing hours of pro-freedom songs - make a contract with Microsoft.

Hilarious :)
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 13/93)
by Shane J Pearson (49.255.252.254) (shane@flashbsd.net) on Fri Jul 10 07:16:16 2015 (GMT)
  Wow, thank you Microsoft!

The news of implementing an SSH server and client in PowerShell with OpenSSH is very exciting and now this awesome news!
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 3/87)
by Anonymous Coward (45.63.13.162) on Mon Jul 13 11:18:07 2015 (GMT)
  To those who are skeptical of Microsoft's actions here, bear this in mind:

1. The old folk who ran the business before (Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, et al) are no longer active there; they have been replaced by new people.

2. As proven by Windows 10, they are trying to listen, even if it means they aren't quite getting it right. I am (somewhat) hopeful they are getting there eventually; even if not with Windows, but with other business ventures.

3. Yes, it may just be a PR move.


To that I add:

1. New bosses, visibly new politics. They may be a little more open-source friendlier after all.

2. Well admittedly after trying Win10 I'm not impressed; that aside, they found people didn't like the new whiz-bang tile-only interface of Windows 1.0... I mean Windows 8. They are working on SSH in PowerShell. Clearly whatever new politics are present may be working well.

3. And so what if it is a PR move, or they're trying to sell Windows, or whatever? A bit of advertising surely doesn't hurt, if it means others benefit.

And a fourth point: A donation is *not* a contract, and as far as I am aware (correct me if I am wrong), the OpenBSD foundation does not govern OpenBSD development choices, and are (at least partially) separate entities to OpenBSD. So even if the OpenBSD foundation were to be corrupted by some super rich org, then given the separation between the two, with financial backing being the main link, and Theo de Raadt (an individual who has the calibre of, well... Theo de Raadt) running OpenBSD, an attempt at corrupting OpenBSD development like that would fail miserably, in Streisand-effect proportions.

Many are ranting and raving on the shady business of Microsoft, and yet ignoring the current and damaging shady business of Facebook, Google, and others.
Whilst I am not attempting to dismiss their past as insignificant, it is important to approach this with an open mind, and bear in mind that, given the other shady big corps around, Microsoft really ought to be the least of everyone's worries.
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 0/82)
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod -2/84)
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 4/46)
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  Re: Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor (mod 1/1)
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