Bitkoinovy ​​nouveau riche OpenBSD saved from poverty




Bitkoinovy ​​nouveau riche OpenBSD saved from poverty

One of the most long-lived software projects alive, thanks to the Romanian bitkoinovomu wealthy. Not so long ago, Theo de Raadt, and other engineers to ensure that the operating system OpenBSD, faced with the inability to pay the electricity bill, which feeds desktop computers, 20 000 dollars. These computers OS developers check operation. After that, they published an account to explain why the project is closed. But Mircea Popescu, Romanian, managing online exchanger MPEx, intervened and saved the dying service.

Here’s another example of how community Bitcoin is working to improve the chances of success in other software with open source. Software that allows you to operate Bitcoins, also open source, and since this code is divided currency with those who helped him to “rise”, formed a new class of extremely wealthy geek. You can call them bitcoin nouveaux riches, and many of them share their money with the brothers in the open source code.

OpenBSD is not as widely used and is not as well known as Linux. However, the first was support for computing the last 20 years. This is one of several operating systems with open source software, which grew from Unix in the early 90s, and she has always had an extremely ruthless – some would even say paranoid – emphasis on safety.

OpenBSD is used on servers, desktops and network equipment around the world, as anyone can use it for free, non-profit organization OpenBSD Foundation exists on donations covering her considerable expense, including the funds necessary to run the test servers. Late last year, de Raadt, one of the founders of the project, has warned that electricity bills can be reduced to no work, and a number of “logistical reasons” does not allow to move there, where it will be a cheaper place, labor and electricity.

After the revelations of Edward Snowden, OpenBSD has become even more urgent than ever.

De Raadt originally planned to find at least one sponsor company, which will cover the electricity bills. When that failed, Bob Beck, one of the team members, sent a letter requesting a donation. «OpenBSD close if we do not find the means of electricity,” – he warned. Imagine what would have been a shame. Popescu has allocated $ 20 000 out of pocket for a donation.

Popescu was previously a strategic consultant and founder of Bitcoin exchange MPEx. Although his styled billionaire, it is silent about their condition.

“Who knows for sure? I never dug a huge hole and dumped billions there, “- said Mircea resource Wired. But noted that climbed into the cart with Bitcoin in 2011 and obliged Bitcoins part of his fortune.

MPEx uses OpenBSD, and Popescu says he loves it for her safety.

Popescu was not the only one who responded to requests for OpenBSD. The project has received support from corporate donors. In total, this week has been collected about 100 thousand dollars. However OpenBSD need minerals to stay afloat this year.
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