OpenBSD reaches electricity bill payment goal

OpenBSD reaches electricity bill payment goal

Summary: In one week, the security-focused BSD distribution has retreated from the status of pauper, and is looking to push onto CA$150,000 of funding for the year.

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The spectre of OpenBSD shutting down its operations has passed, with the OpenBSD Foundation announcing that so far, over CA$100,000 has been raised for the project — five times the amount of the annual CA$20,000 electricity bill that threatened to shut down the project.

"In a nutshell, we have in one week gone from being in a dire situation to having a commitment of approximately CA$100,000 in donations to the foundation," OpenBSD Foundation's Bob Beck said in a post to an OpenBSD mailing list. "From a developer's perspective, let me assure you that this reaffirms the worth of what we are supporting, and makes us want to work on it that much more.

"We would like to continue to build on your groundswell of support, and have set a target for CA$150,000 this year in fundraising."

As well as receiving donations from over 1,700 individual contributors, stepping up to the plate were Google and one Romanian BitCoin user who claimed credit for covering the CA$20,000 bill — the OpenBSD Foundation now lists MPEx Bitcoin stock exchange as a significant contributor.

The OpenBSD Foundation's contributor page shows that Google has helped fund OpenBSD for the past three years.

Topics: Security, Open Source, Tech Industry

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  • With no help from LD,

    OpenBSD reaches electricity bill payment goal.
    RickLively
  • OpenBSD reaches electricity bill payment goal

    This is great news for anyone that values security and uses unix. OpenBSD is by far one of the most secure versions of unix. Its definitely leaps and bounds ahead of any linux distro. I will continue to support any of the *BSD groups because their projects are functional and are not restricted like you would find with linux.
    Loverock.Davidson
    • Ops!

      OpenBSD Security Advisories

      OpenBSD 5.4 Security Advisories
      006: SECURITY FIX: Jan 10, 2014 Buffer overflow in parsing of BDF font files
      A BDF font file containing a longer than expected string could overflow a buffer on the stack in the X server. This issue was assigned CVE-2013-6462.
      A source code patch exists which remedies this problem.
      http://www.openbsd.org/errata54.html#006_libXfont

      OpenBSD 5.3 Security Advisories
      013: SECURITY FIX: Jan 10, 2014 Buffer overflow in parsing of BDF font files
      A BDF font file containing a longer than expected string could overflow a buffer on the stack in the X server. This issue was assigned CVE-2013-6462. A source code patch exists which remedies this problem.
      http://www.openbsd.org/errata53.html#013_libXfont
      RickLively
      • SSSSHHH!!! Don't tell him that.

        He lives in a Fantasyland filled with 64 kilometer tall 640 meter thick concrete wall that is virtually unbreachable. :)

        You will be asked for a 128-character password with 20 second iris scan, breath scan, 10-finger fingerprint, width of your feet, and be asked 25 set of questions related to history and security.
        Grayson Peddie
  • security strategy of the year:

    pick the most obscure platform possible, and it will be the most secure
    theoilman
  • Very sad state of affairs in open-source land...

    Loverock posts a comment supporting an open source UNIX distribution, and you Linux fanatics decide that it is more important to jump on him than it is to recognize that OpenBSD being able to continue work (from which, undoubtedly, your beloved Linux will benefit).

    If you Linux fans are anything to go by, the open source world continues to be a sad, sad place.
    daftkey