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Microsoft helps by contributing cash to the OpenBSD Foundation

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July 9, 2015

Microsoft is contributing money to the OpenBSD Foundation, becoming its first-ever Gold level member at the same time.

"This donation is in recognition of the role of the Foundation in supporting the OpenSSH project," the Foundation said in a post to the OpenBSD Journal website on July 7.

However, the exact amount of the donation wasn't disclosed, but to reach the Gold level, a distinction that was introduced for the Foundation's 2015 funding drive, a corporate contributor has to offer between $25,000 and $50,000 in cash.

It's a bit ironic that the announcement comes just as Microsoft has said that it plans to axe around 7,800 of its own employees as part of CEO Satya Nadella's latest austerity measures, but that's the way it is in these tough times.

By simple comparison, Facebook and Google have each donated to the Foundation at the Silver level, which means that they've given between $10,000 and $20,000 each.

There's also a Platinum level for those who want to donate up to $100,000 and if you're willing to give more than that you'll reach the Iridium level...

But for its 2015 funding round, the OpenBSD Foundation is seeking to raise $200,000 so Microsoft's donation alone has brought it at least 10 percent closer to its initial goal.

Microsoft's decision comes on the heels of an announcement by the Windows PowerShell team in June that it would add SSH support to its command-line shell and that it planned to support and contribute to the OpenSSH community.

To be sure, the OpenBSD Foundation is a major backer of OpenSSH development. In fact, as the official OpenSSH website explains, "OpenSSH is developed by the OpenBSD community" – which is in turn supported by the OpenBSD Foundation.

So far, the Foundation has received a total of $125,000 for the year, which means it's well on its way to reach its funding goal by the end of December 2015.

But if it doesn't make it, it won't be the first time. In January 2014, it was saved from the brink of disaster by a last-minute crowdfunding round that raised around $100,000 dollars.

At the time, the Foundation was $20,000 in arrears on its data center bills, and a few other operating expenses.

Source: The OpenBSD Foundation.

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