Too bad about the DARPA contract
Posted Mar 24, 2006 1:32 UTC (Fri) by roskegg
Parent article: Money trouble at OpenBSD
Seems to me the deficit started around the time DARPA yanked their contract.
Theo is being punished for his uncompromising stands, and his fearlessness in stating his views in public. Those government agencies that were giving him money now view him the way you view a dog that bites its master.
It doesn't matter to them that Theo always told them he would do what he pleased with the money, and wasn't beholden to them. By accepting it, he triggered their expectations of reciprocity, regardless of what disclaiming words came out of his mouth at the time.
I'm glad Theo took the money while it was available; I hope some large companies see how it is in their best interests to fund OpenBSD.
Wasabi systems is growing like gang-busters. Maybe Theo and Co. should set up something like that, and split their time between doing contracts, and hacking on their favorite OS.
I'm sure they already do this on an individual basis. In fact, I'm certain of it. But having some umbrella company or organization may help. Wasabi, chief controller of NetBSD, is growing. And growing. And growing. All under the radar.
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