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Re: The Trolling on the freebsd- lists

From: Ben Laurie <ben@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 15:03:39 +0000

Matthew Dillon wrote:
One thing that is occuring in the FreeBSD community is that quite a
significant number of developers are doing major pieces of work within
the tree under contract. If I recall correctly, the security work and
GEOM are the two biggest contract funded projects (and not foundation
funded though perhaps someone closer to these projects can explain the actual situation on this list). At least some of these people are
core members.

Since I was funded under the same program as at least the security work was (perhaps GEOM, too), I can tell you a bit about it - the money came from DARPA, under a program called CHATS (Composable High Assurance Trusted Systems). The money was made available to improve the security of free software, and was obtained through an open bidding process just like any other DARPA funding (which means you have to be big and American to get it :-).

A similar thing has occurred in Apache and OpenSSL - for example, I am working on FIPS certification for OpenSSL, and I am being funded directly to do it. In Apache, many of the projects are substantially supported by developers working for interested companies. I think this works much better than funding through the central body - if your job happens to let you work on free software, then you win and you haven't hurt anyone else in the project by doing it.



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