I've been using FreeBSD in production environments since early 2000, and I continue to rely on it at home and at work. Even though I could download the operating system for free, I still subscribe through FreeBSDMall.com to support the project.
However, I seem to ask for public support for FreeBSD every two years, with my call for Helping the FreeBSD Foundation Retain Non-profit Status in 2004 and Supporting FreeBSD Security Coding in 2006. Today I read FreeBSD Foundation End-of-Year Fund Raising Drive Update.
The FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and building the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. You can see all the good work they are doing on their Web site.
The Foundation set a $300,000 goal for 2008 fundraising, and it's 2/3 of the way there. I just donated $100. Will anyone else donate? Please let me know here. I thank you and the project thanks you.
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