Contributed by weerd on from the better-twice-than-not-at-all dept.
Bob Beck (beck@) wrote an important appeal to the readers of the misc@ and tech@ mailinglists, explaining that things like bigmem and other developments can be worked on and added to the tree because of the sale of CDs and OpenBSD paraphernalia.
Hi all, A number of you may have noticed the recent flurry of activity, leading to stuff like bigmem being turned on.. Some more good stuff is coming soon (my amd64 at my house is using 7 gigabyes of memory for buffer cache, and I'm doing builds without touching disks..). Some really cool stuff is being worked on and is coming to a source tree near you soon.
However, I'd like to take the opportunity to remind you all, that the project does depend on CD and shirt sales to keep it alive. Yes you may not use a CD all the time, but the latest one is pretty cool. So, short answer? go buy a CD. pre-orders are a little slow this release, and we need to see some more activity in that area. Then maybe I'll stop worrying about it and commit that thing that will make your amd64 use even more buttloads of memory too! So - yes we like donations, but we also like CD sales.. now is the time to help out. Thanks -Bob
Further down in the thread Bob started, Theo explains that these days, all sales bring money to the project.
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