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Slashdot Story Helps Raise $43,200 For the FreeBSD Foundation In Three Days

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the not-done-yet dept.

The Almighty Buck 84

An anonymous reader writes "The FreeBSD Foundation has posted blog article article talking about the remarkable surge in donations they've received in the last three days following a recent Slashdot article reporting on weak fundraising this year. Deb Goodkin reports that the FreeBSD Foundation, as with many non-profits, receives more than 50% of its annual funds at the end of the US tax year, but that the Foundation has never seen this rate of donations before, and will hit a new record for unique donors this year. She comments that it was Slashdot readers that made the difference! She does, however, appeal for further donations noting that they have a long way to go on their full goal."

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wE NEED FREEBsdING! (-1, Offtopic)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about a year ago | (#42282851)

It is the scourge of windoes! I invoke the powers of Brian Adams! Take a nap stick o holy willey MOSCONE!

Re:wE NEED FREEBsdING! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42283041)

Fuck kikes, niggers, and faggots, all of which you are. Idiot.

Re:wE NEED FREEBsdING! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42283209)

Oh my god, he posted it again! How FUNNY! How EDGY! How ORIGINAL! I'm dieing of laughter here guy!

Two Great Tastes, Even Better Together! (3, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year ago | (#42283799)

Slashdot and FreeBSD: after all, no one wants to die alone. ;-)

"Pssssst! Hey, buddy! Can I interest you in a vintage Net 4 tape? Real cheap for a collector's item like this. I'll even throw in a QIC-2 tape reader and a 'I'm Mentally Contaminated' button, just for you..."

Hey Microtard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42285247)

..you sound really depressed these days. I assume that the long-term demise prospects of windows are slowly sinking in to your greed-based minds.

Re:wE NEED FREEBsdING! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42285797)

Do we need any more proof that a "-1 WTF" tag is needed.

Mind you, for posts that actually manage to be funny, a "+1 WTF" tag would also be helpful.

Slashdot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42282863)

Being posted on Hacker News and Reddit and a few other sites probably had a much larger impact. Slashdot ceased being relevant about a decade ago.

Re:Slashdot... (1, Flamebait)

cheesybagel (670288) | about a year ago | (#42283027)

/. is dying.
BSD is dying.
etc.

Two Great Tastes, Even Better Together! (0)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year ago | (#42283617)

Slashdot and FreeBSD: after all, no one wants to die alone.

Re:Two Great Tastes, Even Better Together! (1)

bmo (77928) | about a year ago | (#42284141)

Slashdot and BSD both have to catch up to Usenet in time awaiting impending doom, as Usenet has been dying for 20 years.

--
BMO

P.S. An example of how crowdsourcing works: http://www.youtube.com/watc [youtube.com] h?v=R6Z7xceSLy4

Be sure to watch to the end.

Re:Two Great Tastes, Even Better Together! (1)

aztracker1 (702135) | about a year ago | (#42284673)

There are a few usenet groups that are still fairly active... Beyond this, most of the spammers have moved on, so it's kind of nice again.. there's also IRC for realtime.

Re:Slashdot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42284685)

FreeBSD is "dying" in the sense that it is still growing and improving, but most idiots are running Ubuntu, which is growing faster. As stated in my comments to the previous story [slashdot.org] , what's really dying, slowly but surely, is GPL. Sooner or later serious permissively-licensed [copyfree.org] competitors to Linux will emerge - they probably won't be *BSD UNIX, but they may borrow significant parts of its code.

Slashdot is dying in the sense that socialist idiots have misused its stupid moderation features, creating one big homogeneous circle-jerk, while reasonable people like me get locked out (or resort to being AC's).

--libman

Come On ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42285259)

Do you really think critical thinkers have ever been popular ? The leading clique will always use their means of suppression in the most cynical way they can get away with.

Grow up and realize there is No Free Free Speech. As much as there is no Free Lunch.

I always load all messages and randomly select one to read and comment on.

Re:Come On ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42287005)

Do you really think critical thinkers have ever been popular? The leading clique will always use their means of suppression in the most cynical way they can get away with.

I've been saying the same thing myself.

Grow up and realize there is No Free Free Speech. As much as there is no Free Lunch.

I agree 100%.

But I will still make use of the communication resources that are made available, the best that I can.

--libman

Re:Slashdot... (2)

MrNaz (730548) | about a year ago | (#42289937)

The use of phrases such as "reasonable people like me" usually indicates that the speaker is not a reasonable person.

Re:Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42295451)

Use of such a phrase indicates that the speaker values reason, so at least s\he has taken the first step in the right direction.

It is possible to analyze one's actions (especially when all of them are a matter of written record), establish benchmarks, and objectively test one's rationality. I know where I come up short (anger management issues, frustration, depression, and other emotional flaws) - I often let those slide during a passionate rant, but I do try to prevent them from overshadowing the substance of my arguments...

My history on Slashdot, with most of my thoroughly-researched comments being ranked as 0 or -1, speaks for itself. Copyleft, "net neutrality", government interventionism, and other socialist causes are "sacred cows" around here, and those who question them as persistently as I do get stifled...

--libman

Re:Slashdot... (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about a year ago | (#42300847)

This is correct. On one hand, they claim that it's not censorship, but when getting modded down restricts you to something like 10 posts a day, when those you disagree w/ are still unlimited if they haven't been similarly modded, it's very much censorship. Either a guy has to stop posting, or post as AC.

Re:Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42303399)

It should be clarified that I do NOT ever use the word "censorship" to mean "a violation of an entitlement / positive right to rant on anyone's private servers against their wishes". No one is obligated to provide me anything!

Censorship isn't necessarily a government action, and not necessarily a bad thing. Parents probably should censor what their young children can read and write on the Internet. DJ's provide the service of selecting good songs while "censoring" the bad. Censorship should exist, but only come from voluntary institutions (the latter requirement excludes people who are not presently capable of full self-ownership: children, prisoners, the mentally handicapped, etc).

So I'm not accusing Slashdot of any political repression - just of hypocrisy and incompetence.

---

My account [slashdot.org] has been at -1 karma for a long time now, just 2 posts per day... Accessing as AC I think I get 10 (more through a proxy [adfreeproxy.com] ), and improved starting karma of 0. Pathetic...

For a very long time I resisted making this exception to my "never sockpuppet" policy, but it doesn't really count as sockpuppeting if I make it very clear who I am, and sign every post. (Plus my writing style and solecisms are deliberately unique.) Just some arbitrary hoops for me to jump through...

Using Slashdot as AC all the time is a pain in the butt - I have to check for replies manually, for example. The worst part is the difficulty I have finding my old AC posts, since Slashdot's internal search functionality is broken, and low-ranking posts don't get seen by Googlebot and other spiders. (Seriously, who codes for this site - nine-year-old QBASIC programmers?!) Every once in a while, a post of mine will get ranked as 3 or 4 - without the slightest correlation to merit! But most stay as they are...

Why do I bother? Sadly I remain a creature of creative impulse and of habit... Slashdot is a great place to get news, and when I come across a certain kind of story - I just cannot suppress what I have to say... I don't really care if anyone reads my comments or learns from them - I write in service of the Truth.

--libman

Re:Slashdot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42283063)

+5 word.

The hacker news commentary was full of people stating that they donated. The slashdot commentary was full of jokes about netcraft confirming it.

Look at slash-bi, slash-cloud, slash-datacenter sometime. That's the direction slashdot has been heading and I don't see too many FreeBSD donors in those circles.

Re:Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42285217)

The slashdot commentary was full of jokes about netcraft confirming it.

And then they donated in order to make sure they don't lose that joke due to BSD actually dying.

Look at slash-bi

Slashdot for bisexuals? :-)

Re:Slashdot... (4, Informative)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about a year ago | (#42283085)

Being posted on Hacker News and Reddit and a few other sites probably had a much larger impact. Slashdot ceased being relevant about a decade ago.

I see statcounter in the page source. I'd guess they know where their traffic is coming from.

Re:Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42283559)

I wager 80% of slashdotters filter out javascript and ads. Combined with the prevalent use of transparent proxies among I.S.Ps, even the delta between the js counters and the server requests directed at the css and html index is simply not enough.

Even more, I think the dropping cost of hard drives has made proxies very inclusive. It used to be that we saw all sorts of statistics about Internet usage yearly. But this days, you just don't see as much reports. I think it's because the data has become unusable because of all this buffering.

Re: Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42284713)

Any sensible web site runs It's own reverse proxy anyway. The only somewhat reliable stats come from tools like GA et al.

Also (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42282867)

This first post is sponsored by FreeBSD. FreeBSD for a brighter tomorrow.

So the slashvertisement worked (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42282875)

nt

Exaggeration (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42282909)

Not sure that I agree with the implied attribution to Slashdot. As the Hacker News [ycombinator.com] discussion revealed, the usual pattern of donations to FreeBSD is a late surge, apart from the fact that it got coverage in other places.

It would be nice if Slashdot dropped the self references, as it erodes its credibility.

Re:Exaggeration (5, Funny)

Nyder (754090) | about a year ago | (#42283183)

Not sure that I agree with the implied attribution to Slashdot. As the Hacker News [ycombinator.com] discussion revealed, the usual pattern of donations to FreeBSD is a late surge, apart from the fact that it got coverage in other places.

It would be nice if Slashdot dropped the self references, as it erodes its credibility.

Slashdot has credibility?

Re:Exaggeration (2)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year ago | (#42283419)

Not sure that I agree with the implied attribution to Slashdot. As the Hacker News discussion revealed, the usual pattern of donations to FreeBSD is a late surge, apart from the fact that it got coverage in other places.

It would be nice if Slashdot dropped the self references, as it erodes its credibility.

Slashdot has credibility?

No. Slashdot had credibility, but that was years ago. For the last 10 or more years it has been a place to find out what conservatives think about technology, and in the past 3-4 years it has added on the new goal of providing the most up-to-the-minute news on all things facebook.

Credibility was never profitable. That said, they didn't become profitable after they jettisoned their credibility, either, but they felt they had to try something.

Re:Exaggeration (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42284453)

For the last 10 or more years it has been a place to find out what conservatives think about technology

I don't want to start a fight about peoples political views, but the only time that's the case is as intentional fodder. There's virtually nothing in the way of dissenting opinion on slashdot, which is very far left when compared to the rest of the US. The few that do turn up and offer meek resistance are quickly buried.

Re:Exaggeration (3, Insightful)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#42286047)

Sorry to derail your point a bit but the rest of the world is very far left compared to the US.

What the US calls left and right the rest of the world calls right and far right.

Re:Exaggeration (1)

derGoldstein (1494129) | about a year ago | (#42284835)

So why are you still here, let alone participating in the conversation?

Re:Exaggeration (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42285239)

Where else could you complain about how Slashdot is going downhill?

Re:Exaggeration (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#42285971)

No. Slashdot had credibility, but that was years ago.

Maybe Slashdot has less credibility with you, but it has steadily been gaining more credibility with everyone else to the point where news outlets regularly cite it today.

Credibility was never profitable.

I guess there are two kinds of lies, registrars and damn_registrars. That's an incredibly ridiculous thing to say. Credibility brings eyeballs and eyeballs drive impressions.

Re:Exaggeration (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year ago | (#42286691)

No. Slashdot had credibility, but that was years ago.

Maybe Slashdot has less credibility with you, but it has steadily been gaining more credibility with everyone else

Wow, someone woke up on the pissy side of the bed this morning?

And how do you know that everyone else views it as being increasing in credibility?

to the point where news outlets regularly cite it today.

I don't know what news outlets you look at, but the ones I watch often scoop slashdot to the news. While slashdot is - and pretty well always has been - a news aggregator rather than a news site in it's own right, it fails to be even close to the first aggregator to pick up on most stories now.

I guess there are two kinds of lies, registrars and damn_registrars. That's an incredibly ridiculous thing to say.

Indeed, what you just said was incredibly ridiculous.

Credibility brings eyeballs and eyeballs drive impressions.

No, statements do not need to be credible to bring eyeballs. For example look at any of the conservative "news: sites that are often cited in discussions here. Slashdot is following much the same MO - you can bring plenty of eyeballs when you don't worry about credibility but instead focus on exciting your core audience. Just look at the quarterly "hall of fame" section here on slashdot - three of the top five (by comment count) are political and none of them portray non-conservatives in a positive light.

Re:Exaggeration (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#42288245)

Credibility brings eyeballs and eyeballs drive impressions.

No, statements do not need to be credible to bring eyeballs

No, but sites do. Unfortunately, many people are poor at separating credible from incredible information. One of the less credible memes commonly spread here on slashdot today is that slashdot was once of higher quality. To that I say lawl roffle, roffle lawl, et cetera.

Re:Exaggeration (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42287803)

Maybe Slashdot has less credibility with you, but it has steadily been gaining more credibility with everyone else to the point where news outlets regularly cite it today

Citations needed.

Re:Exaggeration (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42286341)

Slashdot's frontpage was always about poor summaries of stories based on heresay, whereas the first valuable comment (the one not saying "Frist post for teh GNAA!") usually had a much needed correction. The site's admins or staff never had any credibility or quality whatsoever.

Re:Exaggeration (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about a year ago | (#42284105)

It's acknowledged by the linked blog post, so the self-reference is perfectly valid and proper:

"We were thus surprised by coverage on Slashdot and Hacker News suggesting that we were behind in our fundraising goal ... The response to those articles was a remarkable outpouring of support — we have had over 650 new donations in the last three days alone, raising $43,196. ... This massive increase in small donations will set a new record for individual donors in a single year. The readership of these sites has been instrumental to this success. You'll also be glad to know that the news article triggered a number of further corporate contributions from FreeBSD consumers. "

It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dying (1, Troll)

Jailbrekr (73837) | about a year ago | (#42282955)

Honestly, how can we have a BSD post and NOT have the "BSD is Dying" meme?

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last
http://www.samag.com/documents/s=1148/sam0107a/0107a.htm [samag.com]
in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be a Kreskin
http://www.amdest.com/stars/Kreskin.html [amdest.com]
to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and
its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dbblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: *BSD is dying

Re:It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dyin (4, Informative)

Lisias (447563) | about a year ago | (#42283069)

Re:It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dyin (2)

TC Wilcox (954812) | about a year ago | (#42283523)

Mod parent up and grandparent down. Stupid troll is not informative....

Re:It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dyin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42286463)

You need to learn what a troll is sonny.

Re:It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dyin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42283073)

Honestly, how can we have a BSD post and NOT have the "BSD is Dying" meme?

Umm, well... I'm not even a *BSD user, but I'm pretty sure that the rest of us would somehow have survived without having this tired meme take up space among the discussions related to this article. But, whatever.

Re:It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dyin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42283561)

How often do you plan to repost the same drivel on every BSD post?
BSD Hateboy?

Re:It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dyin (2)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#42283677)

Is this the same post from 2004 or did you edit it before you reposted it?

Re:It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dyin (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year ago | (#42287213)

Nope. He's just an automaton and the post is hard coded as a constant.

Re:It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dyin (1)

Bengie (1121981) | about a year ago | (#42283793)

Your two links don't work and the primary body of your post is from a recognized troll post that has factually incorrect information and is 10 years old. Maybe I'm not sensing the sarcasm and my detector is broken.

Re:It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dyin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42283861)

I have a PC-BSD VM, but I don't use it very often.

Re:It is official; Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dyin (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42285231)

Honestly, how can we have a BSD post and NOT have the "BSD is Dying" meme?

That meme is dead. Netcraft comfirms it.

Article down - full article text (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42282989)

Man, it's been a long time since the last proper Slashdotting. Anyway the server seems slow, so here's the article text.
---
*Stunning News Website Fundraising Contribution:* Over 650 new donations raise $43,200 in three days!

Astute readers of our blog know that The FreeBSD Foundation's annual year-end fundraising drive began last week. Every year over 50% of our donations arrive during this campaign. We were thus surprised by coverage on Slashdot and Hacker News suggesting that we were behind in our fundraising goat. We’d never turn down additional news coverage of our work raising funds in support of the FreeBSD project, of course, but remain confident in our fundraising target.

The response to those articles was a remarkable outpouring of support — we have had over 650 new donations in the last three days alone, raising $43,196. Individual donations are absolutely critical to the business of The Foundation. Not only do they contribute significantly to our ability to financially support the FreeBSD project, but they also help us demonstrate broad public support in order to maintain our public non-profit status.

This massive increase in small donations will set a new record for individual donors in a single year. The readership of these sites has been instrumental to this success. You'll also be glad to know that the news article triggered a number of further corporate contributions from FreeBSD consumers and wankers. Our hard work is not done, however. We still have $195,000 left to go to meet our target this year–or exceed it!

Look forward to more news soon. . .
---

Re:Article down - full article text (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42283267)

Really? Blogspot is down?

Oh, I see what you did there:

This massive increase in small donations will set a new record for individual donors in a single year. CmdrTaco has a small penis.The readership of these sites has been instrumental to this success.

Go back under your bridge, troll.

I kind of figured that.. (2)

cyberjock1980 (1131059) | about a year ago | (#42282995)

I bookmarked their FreeBSD donation page so I could watch the thermometer go up(and hopefully reach the top). I made a donation too since I use FreeNAS and I'm going to solicit a friend to donate since he uses FreeNAS as well.

Re:I kind of figured that.. (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about a year ago | (#42284945)

I did the same, as I had not much time when I saw the initial article, but forgot about it. Seeing this article made me go "Ooops, I wanted to give something... which I promptly did"

Re:I kind of figured that.. (3, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#42284957)

The thermometer is updated manually, because some donations come via bank transfers, some via cheques, some via PayPal and some via DonateNow and automating all of those is a bit tricky. Currently, Deb goes through all of the donations by hand and updates the donors list and the title. Over the last two days, she's been completely swamped with the number of donations. The amount isn't totally unprecedented, but the number of individual donations is even larger than a few years ago when the Foundation put out the call for individual donors because they were in danger of losing their non-profit status because too much of their funding came from large corporate donations.

Also, while I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from donation to the FreeBSD Foundation, much of the work on FreeNAS (and PC-BSD) is funded by iX Systems [ixsystems.com] , so if you use either of these projects and are in a position to put any business their way, it would possibly have a larger impact. iX is on the donors' page as a gold sponsor, but that doesn't tell the whole story. As well as making a sizeable donation to the Foundation directly, they have matched funding on a couple of Foundation-sponsored projects this year, so the total amount that they've given is considerably more (not to mention employing several people to work full-time on FreeBSD).

Slashdot editor arrogance (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42283099)

It takes a lot of arrogance to assume that Slashdot alone was the reason for those donations. It's okay to take some credit, but I read about this issue on Hacker News and other outlets a full day before I read it on Slashdot.

Re:Slashdot editor arrogance (5, Informative)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#42283693)

Read the summary at least troll, a FreeBSD rep reported that the income was from the slashvertisement based on actual data, like you know ... referrer headers.

The brunt of BSD donations comes from larger organizations, but it certainly did result in some contributions.

Whatever happened to the slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42283613)

Slashdot as a relevant source of useful entertainment is clearly on the decline. Whatever happened to the crazy flurry for first-post mania? Whatever happened to the frantic efforts to post anti-anything-but-linux rants from insecure posers? Come on! Has the flame gone out on slashdot? Please, for the sake of the Internet keep the *BSD hate going! Yea. Whatever ...

Re:Whatever happened to the slashdot? (4, Funny)

SomePgmr (2021234) | about a year ago | (#42284521)

Whatever happened to the frantic efforts to post anti-anything-but-linux rants

Wha? We hate everything. Most of all technology. Facebook, iphones, raspberry pi's, 3d printing, your favorite distro, medical technology, the maker movement, twitter, Nasa and Spacex, Arduinos, UAV's, gaming consoles... even Slashdot itself. We really like to hate Slashdot.

So tune in tomorrow, there will be plenty of bitching and whining about everything. It'll be very emo... I promise.

Re:Whatever happened to the slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42302705)

This notice is to inform you that your homepage is in violation of the unpublished slashdotter standard for user homepages for the following reasons:

  • Homepage URL resolves to an active server.
  • Homepage contains content.
  • Homepage has been updated within last 6 months.

Not to beat a dead... (1)

Sfing_ter (99478) | about a year ago | (#42283681)

Operating system... just kidding, I am fully aware it is alive and well and doing great things...
HOWEVER, it would make more sense and get them MORE DONATIONS if the giant "Donate" button on the top of the page ACTUALLY took you to the place/page you can make a donation instead of some monotonous page about their good works and why you should donate.

Just sayin', but the obligitory dead os thing was funny.

I keep being told (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about a year ago | (#42283815)

Correlation != Causation

Re:I keep being told (4, Informative)

shutdown -p now (807394) | about a year ago | (#42284111)

That's why they looked at referrer headers to see where the people who's been donating were coming from...

Re:I keep being told (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42285175)

That's so 90's.

Re:I keep being told (1)

lipanitech (2620815) | about a year ago | (#42285847)

I am sure many of the die hard slashdoters use BSD. The old slashdot readers like myself were and still are linux and unix enthusiasts. The article helped a NON-PROFIT organization and slashdot got some positive press. Good for them. Web sites do have ways to track where site donations and site traffic comes from.

Re:I keep being told (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#42286191)

Yep, a good thing happened.

I don't get why there is so much trolling on this story.

FreeBSD 10 will change fortunes for the FreeBSD (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42284061)

The FreeBSD is a great operating system that we use in our desktops, laptops and servers. The upcoming FreeBSD 10 will be a great OS for specially for desktops and laptops with high end graphics. The FreeBSD foundation should pay more attention for desktop/laptop requirements of the FreeBSD OS, especially in graphics and power management sector, such as offer a solution to support hybrid switchable graphics such as Nvidia's Optimus, etc. And also should allocate more resources to release FreeBSD 10 as early as possible.

Re:FreeBSD 10 will change fortunes for the FreeBSD (1)

greenreaper (205818) | about a year ago | (#42288697)

Would rather have resources allocated to 9.1 which is a long-term support release that most institutional users of FreeBSD actually look to.

evidence slashdot isn't what it once was (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42284495)

i would've expected more from slashdot readers... much more. $43k raised from slashdot traffic is an embarrassment to this site.

Re:evidence slashdot isn't what it once was (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#42286213)

i would've expected more from slashdot readers... much more. $43k raised from slashdot traffic is an embarrassment to this site.

Given the poor economy and the fact that a lot of really good people are unemployed or underemployed $43k for one story is really good going.

So many better uses for this kind of money... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42284991)

For example, if ReactOS was getting this kind of funding, we would have a complete open source windows clone by now.

Re:So many better uses for this kind of money... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42286481)

If there is one thing I'm not interested in having, it is a windows clone.

Re:So many better uses for this kind of money... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42287975)

But with ReactOS you'd still have an obsolete platform that even Microsoft walked away from more then 10 years ago. FreeBSD is all around us, but because it is truly free, much of the time you can't see it. Funding like this, help it can continue to grow while being being truly free. Linux may work fine on the desktop, but under the tentacles of the GPL its commercial adoption continues to evoke legal anxieties. FreeBSD is relatively 'free' of such issues while providing an arguably more stable platform. By stable, I mean a platform that maintains better API coherency over time.

For the entrepreneurial hackers among us, having FreeBSD maintained as a state of the art, full featured platform gives us a toolbox to run off and create cool stuff that we might actually be able to directly profit from. I look at adding to the tip jar, less as a donation, and more of an investment.

ReactOS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42292383)

Actually, no. ReactOS could have 2 projects in tandem - an XP clone for 32-bit Windows and any system below 4GB, and a Windows 7 clone for 64-bit Windows and any system above. They could toss in some common inprovements to both platforms, such as IPv6 support, and for the 32-bit version, support the widest range of hardware. The 32-bit version won't have to move much, once done - it'll just have to be maintained, and there, the project can charge maintainence fees, such as Windows Update, AntiVirus updates, Service Packs & so on. Even the 64-bit version can be clamped @ Windows 7, and they don't need to chase Metro or anything else Windows 8 or 9 will be doing.

That doesn't mean that FreeBSD doesn't have its place. It does, and I'm glad that the people who contributed to it contributed to it. I'd certainly like to see the FBSD family of OSs - PC-BSD, pFsense, m0n0wall, FreeNAS, et al prosper. Same for OpenBSD and Minix.

Tim Cook (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42285937)

Tim Cook would like to thank everyone for their generous donations.

Good news about FreeBSD on Slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42286561)

Whatever is going on here can't be bad and definitely is different than most of the news I've seen on here about FreeBSD. Less disappointed now and gives slashdot that rounded out balanced feel. Go Slashdot! Keep up the good work!

Just Donated (2)

TheNinjaroach (878876) | about a year ago | (#42286805)

I donated $30 last night after reading this article.

My reasons are 1) I think the BSD license is awesome, 2) SSH rocks, and 3) OS diversity is a good thing.

Re:Just Donated (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42290295)

If you like OpenSSH, you should donate to their project via OpenBSD.

+ promotion than technollogy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289143)

This reads that they require more open-source style promotion than anything else, to keep on.

Open-source style promotion should be different than commercial promotion. They don''t need to cheat. Or create a status illusion related to using the product. They should search for the real advantages of using good open-source products for a future free world (from commercial products).

What is the use of comparing with their commercial nemesis? Their goals are different. Or should be... Customer satisfaction should only appear from a mature self open-source culture. Not by any other comparison.

And a successful image should mean not only that their number of users. is growing, but also that they are safe from being swallowed by a big commercial brand. And are still free to change completely whenever they want.

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