Monday, 31 December 2012 11:23

FreeBSD project exceeds fund-raising target


The FreeBSD foundation, a body that supports the open source operating system of the same name and its community worldwide, has raised funds well in excess of its 2012 target of $US500,000, according to information on its website.

The total collected stands at $US684,905 as of this writing.

Earlier this month, FreeBSD veteran Marshall Kirk McKusick played down fears that the target would not be reached.

His statement came after queries from iTWire, following a story on the American technology news aggregation site Slashdot, which said that the Foundation was falling short of its target by nearly 50 per cent.

It would now appear that McKusick is a little more knowledgeable about the support that FreeBSD enjoys, than the people who posted the sensational headline "FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%" on Slashdot on December 9.

"The rush of donations at the end of 2012 far exceeded the number that we have gotten in any past year," McKusick told iTWire.

"While we are still trying to clear the backlog of getting all our donations counted and our donors listed, we have already recorded nearly 2000 donations for the year from more than 1700 individuals and companies from all around the world.

"To date we have received nearly $185,000 more than our goal of $500,000. We look forward to being able to fund many more of the very worthwhile projects that have been proposed to us than we had orginally anticipated being able to support."

He added: "We are very grateful for all the support that we have received and look forward helping to advance the FreeBSD community."

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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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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