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OpenBSD founder makes funding plea

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Senior sources at OpenBSD are calling on commercial users for financial help as the firm claims that a 'culture of entitlement is starting to damage the open source community'

Senior managers at OpenBSD have admitted that the organisation is running at a loss and want to increase annual income to continue funding the development of the project's open source operating system.

"OpenBSD for the past two years has turned a loss of approximately $20,000 [£12,000]," Marco Peereboom, an OpenBSD developer wrote in the OpenBSD Journal on Tuesday. "This is starting to seriously impede the development of OpenBSD and OpenSSH."

OpenBSD is a secure Unix-like operating system that is popular among system administrators running firewalls.

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Poor Management

They make a $100K a year, they're losing $10K a year (i.e. $20K over the last two years), and they have to beg for more money.

Sounds like poor business management. If you can't reduce your spending by 10% to break even, you pretty much deserve to go belly up in my book.

That and the fact that they refuse to spin off OpenSSH from their OS sink hole shows that they don't understand their own business model. They talk about people not understanding the nature of open source, yet they themselves don't understand basic business (except for the whining part).

I don't fund stupid businesses run by stupid people (but that's just me).

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