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    Phoronix: OpenBSD Foundation At Risk Of Shutting Down

    The OpenBSD Foundation is running into a situation of lack of funding to the point that they can't even cover their electricity costs and may be forced to suspend or reduce their operations without additional help...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU3MjE

  • #2
    I impatiently await the first "lol OpenB$D is dead! use Lin$ux!" postings.

    Interestingly, most Open Source foundations (except those backed by large companies) suffer from the same problems.

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    • #3
      Where are their proprietary "friends" now?

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      • #4
        Finally

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pawlerson View Post
          Where are their proprietary "friends" now?
          In opposite to FreeBSD, OpenBSD doesn't have a wide coverage in embedded devices or similar; it's mainly used for being cannibalized by Linux distributors.

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          • #6
            Might make a good acquisition for Canonical, then?

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            • #7
              Sure, Canonical could easily fund OpenBSD for some exclusive access to OpenSSH (and similar tools). I wonder why they haven't done so yet. Maybe because they prefer their stuff for free.

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              • #8
                First off, Canonical was in an article about them operating at a loss recently, so for them to fund (even if it is a very small amount for them) is unlikely, and a lot of people here would say out of character as well.

                Second, I'm sure the largest reason for them seeing a lack of interest (and funding) is because FreeBSD is arguably better and it's hard to see any significant difference otherwise. At least, I had trouble trying to figure out what it has to offer that FreeBSD doesn't.

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                • #9
                  A different packaging/ports system and a different core system with a focus on security, mainly.

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                  • #10
                    Crap, I should've just read online again, I found a nice summary that went:
                    FreeBSD: Maximum Performance
                    OpenBSD: Maximum Security
                    NetBSD: Maximum Portability

                    I guess what people need is what OpenBSD does in security that is superior to another OS like even linux.

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                    • #11
                      "More secure than even Linux" is a 90s term you should not use anymore.

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                      • #12
                        Meanwhile, at the NSA HQ, evil laughter was heard. Someone with a cat in their lap whispered "Finally".

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                        • #13
                          To bad, i never usted it but i have readed about that system.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pawlerson View Post
                            Where are their proprietary "friends" now?
                            I'm sure the electric company will let them "permissively" use their electricity.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by curaga View Post
                              Meanwhile, at the NSA HQ, evil laughter was heard. Someone with a cat in their lap whispered "Finally".
                              That was pretty hilarious, especially since I had the Deus Ex main theme playing in the background. Bob Page?

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