Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor

jd1008 jd1008 at
Fri Jul 10 18:30:29 UTC 2015

On 07/10/2015 11:25 AM, Valeri Galtsev wrote:
> On Fri, July 10, 2015 11:48 am, Mike wrote:
>> On 7/10/2015 12:43 PM, Carmel NY wrote:
>>> I wonder why they choose OpenBSD over FreeBSD?
>> Probably is related to:
> With all my scepticism I would more consider that as an excuse, implying
> the reason may be something like this:
> (I didn't say exactly this, I said something like this...) So, I'm
> actually quite happy they didn't choose FreeBSD ;-)
> Valeri

A friend of mine commented about this to me:

"They (i.e. the fed, via MS) also bought their way into Cyanogen.

Not sure what their plans are here, but BSD or Apache licensed software 
is a good fit for the classic "embrace, extend, extinguish" strategy 
/(of MS)//---Italics mine-JD//
OpenBSD has been hurting for money so it is possible that MS feels that 
a small strategic cash infusion buys them assets and/or goodwill they 
can use against their bigger competitors: Linux, Google, etc.  $25k-50k 
is a rounding error for MS (and even for BRCM).

I've always wondered whether consumer hardware / embedded devices would 
start migrating over to BSD, since GPL compliance is such a hassle for 
many vendors.  Obviously Android went this way several years ago."

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