FreeBSD Receives A Million Dollar Donation

Written by Michael Larabel in BSD on 18 November 2014 at 09:40 PM EST. 34 Comments
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The FreeBSD has received their largest ever single donation: $1,000,000 USD.

The FreeBSD Foundation received the million dollar gift from Jan Koum, the CEO and co-founder of the WhatsApp messaging application that was acquired by Facebook earlier this year.

The FreeBSD Foundation is still plotting their investment using this large gift and they're of course very happy for surpassing this year's fundraising goal.

In a Facebook post, Jan Koum cites having used FreeBSD since the late 1990's and perhaps most importantly: "In a way, FreeBSD helped lift me out of poverty – one of the main reasons I got a job at Yahoo! is because they were using FreeBSD, and it was my operating system of choice. Years later, when Brian and I set out to build WhatsApp, we used FreeBSD to keep our servers running. We still do."

More details via this FreeBSD Foundation blog post.
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