[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Foundation End-of-Year Fundraising
deb at freebsdfoundation.org
Mon Dec 5 20:47:54 UTC 2011
Dear FreeBSD Community,
The FreeBSD Foundation has been proudly supporting the FreeBSD Project
and community for 11 years now. Every year we sponsor BSD conferences
and events around the globe, help developers with their travel expenses
to attend these conferences, work to protect the intellectual property
of the FreeBSD project, visit institutions and corporations to promote
the use of FreeBSD, purchase equipment to grow the FreeBSD
infrastructure, and fund research and development projects that enhance
the FreeBSD OS.
We are deeply grateful for all the support we receive from so many
individuals and organizations who value FreeBSD. We currently are at the
half way point towards our goal of raising $400,000 this year. We are
hoping that you, the FreeBSD community, will help us meet our goal by
making a donation this month. By donating to the foundation, you are
donating to the FreeBSD Project and community as a whole.
I have had the privilege of meeting many FreeBSD enthusiasts in person,
through email, and on the phone. I am always impressed with the passion
that these people have for FreeBSD. Most volunteer their precious time
after work and some are more fortunate where they actually get paid by
their companies to work with FreeBSD. When there is a BSD related
conference we usually get quite a few travel grant applications
requesting help with developers' travel expenses. Thanks to your
support, we have been able to sponsor the travel expenses of developers
from Mexico, Lithuania, New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Denmark, and many
Some of these developers recently wrote personal stories about how
receiving help with their travel expenses to attend conferences helped
them with their FreeBSD work. These stories will be published in our
upcoming newsletter. One developer from Japan, whose attendance we've
sponsored more than once, is a technical writer. He told me that the
Japanese development community is comprised of earnest and skillful
people. They are sharp programmers who know many programming languages,
but learning and understanding English is difficult for many of them. He
attends the conferences so he can keep up with the latest FreeBSD
information and provide this information to the Japanese FreeBSD
community in their native spoken language.
Another recent travel grant recipient runs a FreeBSD mirror server in
Sweden, a country that apparently does not have many BSD users. He had a
chance to meet many FreeBSD developers for the first time by attending
EuroBSDCon. He has recently started submitting patches to our FreeBSD
documentation set, and will hopefully become a committer, literally
doubling the number of committers in Sweden!
Lastly, a Canadian developer that we've sponsored told us, "By attending
these conferences I have gained valuable experience, connected with
fascinating people that use FreeBSD, learned from presenters and most
importantly, forged some friendships that will last a lifetime."
These grant recipients have given far more back to the FreeBSD community
than what they have received from the foundation. And, this is only one
area where your donations provide a significant, tangible, measurable
benefit for the entire FreeBSD community.
If you benefit from FreeBSD, please donate. With your donation, we can
continue to support FreeBSD activities like:
- development projects to support emerging technologies such as IPv6
support in FreeBSD, GEM, KMS, and DRI support for Intel drivers, Five
New TCP Congestion Control Algorithms, and much more.
- BSD conferences around the globe, including Europe, Japan, Canada, US,
- giving students and contributors the opportunity to attend conferences
and developer summits.
- maintaining the infrastructure of computers and equipment that support
- growing the FreeBSD community through marketing and outreach to users
- protecting the FreeBSD trademarks and providing the project with
access to legal counsel.
- helping FreeBSD continue to serve as the foundation for research and
Please consider making a donation so we can continue -- and increase our
support of the FreeBSD Project and community! Making a donation is easy
and quick. Please visit The FreeBSD Foundation website to find out how
you can make a difference for FreeBSD today.
Thank you for your support!
The FreeBSD Foundation
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