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OpenBSD Funding gets Press

Contributed by jose on from the hacker-fuel dept.

anonymous was one of about a dozen to write about this:
"Theo talks about the DAPRA funding the project is getting in this story "

This piece, and this entire story of the little project that would make a big impact, is an interesting read. Theo has added some corrections to the piece that are important to read.

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  1. By Iain () on mailto:ikyte(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Have we asked Governments from other countries, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, etc.? This then could help fund research and development from the respective Country.

    Also the US Defense establishment is being funded more. Issue is, did the D.O.D. get what they want and in a timely fashion? If so, then just ask for more. The present US Administration will not stop the funding until the other two houses say so, and that will not be until 2005.

    As I have said in the beginning, any one planning a trip to Ottawa? People got connections? By the way would we like some more media advertisement, like Venture on CBC?


  2. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Theo seems disappointed by the CD sales. Before I start, I just want to say that I bought a CD before and plan on buying one again once I get some cash (poor college student). I also plan on buying a t-shirt or two as well.

    I think the problem with the CDs is that they are too expensive for individuals. In February 2000, I bought an academic copy of Windows 2000 for $140. I'm still using Windows 2000 over three years later. Say what you want about Windows, but that's a big return on investment, considering I've used the thing virtually every day for the past three years. Compare that to OpenBSD: $40 for a release that lasts 6 months (a year tops with patches). I love OpenBSD, but that's sort of steep. If the price dropped to $20, I'd be a lot more inclined to buy a CD.

    I know there are other ways to donate money, but the point of this post is just about CDs, so don't waste your time and mine by telling me to paypal some money or whatever.

  3. By Anonymous Coward () on

    What will happend to the French developers? When will they be removed from the US-led team?

  4. By Anonymous Coward () on

    after taxes, isn't it only ~$1.2 million?

  5. By Anonymous Coward () on

    Theo is disappointed even though CD sales account for over 300,000 dollars... This is without t-shirts, and posters.

    Where to begin... If overhead is such a problem, why doesn't he just burn CD-Rs? I personally wouldn't care if he sent out CD-Rs, because after 6 months the old release wouldn't matter much anyway. I know that some older systems have issues with CD-Rs, but Theo stands to gain a lot of money from using them, and he did drop the Alpha from the CD. I don't care about the stickers either. He could cut out the artwork and fancy printing and save a bundle.

    I think that it was a bad idea for him to mention finances, because his family is now in danger of being kidnapped. I'm not kidding. This kind of stuff is more common than you might think. Maybe his _personal security_ should be more important to him. People in the US will actually get into car accidents on purpose with wealthy people, just so that they can sue. I doubt things are much different in Canada.

    I also feel like Theo burned some bridges by saying what he did...

  6. By Some other coward () on

    What I'm concerned about here is the dependance that may be developped with these financing... Theo mentions it himself, the grant is coming to an end, and he is afraid that the CD sales with not cover the expenses.

    Could that be what was wanted by DARPA? Will the OpenBSD project have to make some compromises to keep the money it now depends on? Some compromises other will not know about? (I know this is open source, but could there be closed source projects being worked on?)

    Also, by accepting to work for the US military is to agree to their foreing policy, if not i call this prostitution. But I do agree that with or without funding from the DARPA the US mil will still have access to OpenBSD and that the development being made will benefit to the whole OpenBSD users community.

    I am also curious about the price other developpers are paid to work on the team... It may not be of my concern, and if it so i understand I shall mind my own business.

    Anyway, just my 2 cents.

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