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WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

Bitcoin baron donation started a flood: 'leccy bill paid and then some

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The cash-strapped OpenBSD Foundation has raised $100,000, potentially saving it from the brink of oblivion.

The Foundation has had pledges of "around" $100,000 from individuals and organisations following its appeal to cover a $20,000 server electricity bill.

The group claimed 1,704 donations “large and small.”

The Reg reported on 17 January that the Foundation had warned it was unable to cover the bill and would go out of business.

An updated Significant Foundation Contributors’ page lists Google as a contributor as well as the MPEx Bitcoin Stock Exchange created by Romanian Mircea Popescu, from whom a reported $20,000 was received this week.

“To all of you who have donated, please allow me to give you a huge ‘thank you’,” OpenBSD developer Bob Beck wrote here. “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.”

The group has now set a target of $150,000 fund-raising target for the year.

“We would like to continue to build on your groundswell of support, and have set a target for $150,00 this year in fundraising,” Beck wrote.

You can learn more about donations here and make donations here.

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