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Strong Foundations: FreeBSD, Wikimedia Raise Buckets of Development Money 113

mbadolato writes "On December 9, 2012, Slashdot reported that the FreeBSD Foundation was falling short of their 2012 goal of $500,000 by nearly 50%. For all of those that continued to echo about how FreeBSD is dying, it's less than three weeks later and the total is presently nearing $200,000 OVER the goal. Netcraft continues to be wrong." And reader hypnosec adds another crowdfunding success story: "The Wikimedia Foundation has announced at the conclusion of its ninth annual fund-raiser that it has managed to raise a whopping $25 million from 1.2 million donors in just over a week's time. ... As compared to last year's fund-raiser, which got completed in 46 days, this year's was completed in just nine days."
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Strong Foundations: FreeBSD, Wikimedia Raise Buckets of Development Money

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  • non-Oracle ZFS FTW (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Gothmolly ( 148874 ) on Saturday December 29, 2012 @09:38AM (#42419111)

    Thank you FreeBSD, for having a useful ZFS implementation. Countless devices around the world exist because of you.

  • by MysteriousPreacher ( 702266 ) on Saturday December 29, 2012 @10:37AM (#42419385) Journal

    All this proves is that some people are willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to things that are important. If only we/they would do the same with some political contributions to those who are trying to change things for the better (human rights, privacy rights, less spying, copyright/patent reform, tort reform, etc, etc, etc).

    You must be an absolute blast to hang out with, if on hearing good news, you feel compelled to whine about lack of involvement in unrelated areas.

    Happy Man: I got tickets to go see
    Whiner: All that proves is that some people are willing to pay to hear live music. If only we/they would do the same for theatre!

    Happy Man: I had to study three evenings a week for years, and now I finally got my degree!
    Whiner: All that proves is that people will put in time for things important to them. If only we/they would do the same in cleaning up litter in the neighbourhood.

    Happy Man: I had to speak up on this one. It's shameful that women are being denied access to birth control.
    Whiner: All that proves is that people will speak up on things that matter to them. If only we/they would do the same for Internet whiners who find themselves derided in posts such as this one.

    This is very good news for FreeBSD and BSD in general. Go somewhere and do something to help your pet causes.

  • by nosubmit ( 2800659 ) on Saturday December 29, 2012 @10:41AM (#42419397)
    this article is misleading and upside down.

    if an entity has the following charactoristics:
    1- good product (quality)
    2- product is appreciated (demand)
    3- costs are reasonable (feasibility)
    4- has a consumer base with spending power (viability)

    then it will NECESSARILY meet it's goals. this is basic economics of supply and demand. didn't we all learn this in highschool?

    let me fix this article:

    "corporations with crap products who raise money with psychological tactics are increasingly finding it difficult to get funding because of the internet."

    i would also add: "projects such as netbsd and openbsd that add enormous value to the lives of every human being are underappreciated because the consumer is ignorant of them, and so they fall short of funding goals some times, and it befalls us as responsible technologists to make sure that they continue to protect our interests with the same selfless, joyful, gracious generosity that we have been able to enjoy for so long without giving much in return"

    typing this message just left a bad taste in my mouth. to realize that somehow everyone doesn't get this stuff is sad.
  • by MightyYar ( 622222 ) on Monday December 31, 2012 @11:53AM (#42432943)

    You are correct. Where Unison helps is that I can see when two files differ between the ZFS backup and the original on Windows/Mac. If I see a file with a diff, but the modified dates and sizes are identical, I know something is up. This has occurred a few times now.

    This works even without ZFS, but I've never had the ZFS version go corrupt.

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