OpenBSD will shut down if we do not have the funding to keep the lights on

UPDATE: Mircea Popescu, the Romanian who runs the online bitcoin exchange MPEx, picks up $20,000 electric bill for OpenBSD. Also, Bob Beck posted an email to the OpenBSDList with the following “In a nutshell, we have in one week gone from being in a dire situation to having a commitment of approximately $100,000 in donations to the foundation”. Complete story

In light of shrinking funding, we do need to look for a source to
cover project expenses. If need be the OpenBSD Foundation can be
involved in receiving donations to cover project electrical costs.

But the fact is right now, OpenBSD will shut down if we do not have
the funding to keep the lights on.

If you or a company you know are able to assist us, it would be
greatly appreciated, but right now we are looking at a significant
funding shortfall for the upcoming year – Meaning the project won’t be
able to cover 20 thousand dollars in electrical expenses before being
able to use money for other things. That sort of situation is not

The OpenBSD project produces a free, multi-platform BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Many great projects have spun off from OpenBSD like OpenSSH, OpenBGPD, OpenNTPD, OpenCVS, OpenSMTPD, OpenIKED, mandoc.


If you use OpenBSD, any of these projects or don’t want to see OpenBSD disapear, consider making a donation.

See the email thread more details.

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