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The FreeBSD Foundation is about two-thirds of the way to its fund-raising target for the year, having doubled its expectations from last year.

The Foundation drafted its first million-dollar budget this year and is hopeful of reaching the goal.

Last year, it targeted half-a-million dollars and ended up raising $US770,000.

Last year the Foundation's fund-raising helped to fund development projects to improve FreeBSD, including a native iSCSI kernel stack, updated Intel graphics chipset support, integration of Newcons, UTF-8 console support, superpages for ARM architecture, and Layer 2 networking modernization and performance improvements.

It was also able to hire two more staff members to help with FreeBSD development projects, security, and release engineering.

The Foundation did a lot in educating the public and promoting FreeBSD. High-quality brochures were created to teach people about FreeBSD and staff visited companies to help facilitate collaboration efforts with the Project.

Apart from this, the funds raised helped to sponsoring BSD conferences and summits in Europe, Japan, Canada, and the US. Protecting FreeBSD IP and providing legal support to the Project and purchasing hardware to build and improve FreeBSD project infrastructure were other activities undertaken.

FreeBSD and the other two operating systems derived from the BSD which was developed at the University of California in Berkeley - OpenBSD and NetBSD - enjoy a very good reputation for security and run some of the internet servers with the longest uptimes.

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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