status of eclipse [WAS Re: No working IDE in FreeBSD!]

Mark Linimon linimon at
Tue Feb 28 18:56:19 UTC 2012

On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 07:40:37AM -0500, Michael Scheidell wrote:
> (FreeBSD never needed to set up a 'bounty' system for people wanting
> to help pay for a port, have they?

If you check the archives, you'll see that there have been many discussions
over the years about the need/desire/whatever to have a bounty system for
FreeBSD (not just ports).  However, no one has ever actually done the
followup work to set one up, despite some stated good intentions.

To answer your next question just before you ask it, IIUC the FreeBSD
Foundation is not able to set up such a system without their US tax
status as a non-profit being subject to a far greater degree of scrutiny.
I'm no expert on US tax law but my understanding is that anything that
looks like a "passthrough" is what's questionable, e.g., someone pays a
501c(3) to do a task with the tacit understanding that they will turn
around and pay someone else to do that task.  Again, check the archives.

Finally, don't blame me, I just live in this country :)


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