It may be recalled that a few days back iTWire published a story about OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt having issued an appeal for funds to pay the energy bills, and pointing out that the project was in a state where it would be forced to down shutters if donations did not come in.
Beck said the appeal had resulted in a flood of donations coming in.
"When I posted the shot across the bow to the user community that the project could shut down, it was very serious," he told iTWire. "We had a 20K shortfall to cover from last year in electricity costs, and $41,000 in the bank.
Beck said the story had gone viral and "our poor ignored PayPal donation page was discovered by many people when linked from news stories, and in addition a lot of the people we have approached for corporate sponsorship stepped up to the plate - this happened while we were scrambling a bit to get any sort of organised fund-raising campaign out the door, and acknowledge our corporate donors. So many of us have been scrambling to get pages up and talk to potential sponsors. We are still actively working with a number of potential corporate sponsors."
He said the project had received more media attention when MPEx - the BitCoin stock exchange - donated 20 BTC. "We do accept BitCoin donations and lots of people thought that was cool - especially us, as this donation alone would cover our electrical shortfall. However, a number of other corporations have also given us generous donations."
At this time the "precious metal level" sponsors are MPEx Bitcoin stock exchange, genua mbh, SEPPmail AG, Google, Facebook, Snabb GmbH, and ForeTell Technologies.
Beck said discussions were ongoing with a number of other companies. "Going forward, we are hoping to be able to move to where we are at a sustainable level of $150,000 yearly - which would ensure we can fund the things we need without potential disasters," he added.