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Interview: The OpenBSD Foundation's Ken Westerback

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Yesterday the OpenBSD Foundation announced its inception as a legal entity in charge of donations of money and equipment for the OpenBSD operating system and its associated projects. Today we have an interview with Ken Westerback, one of the foundation's founding members.

Whose idea was it to establish the OpenBSD Foundation? I know that people have been talking about this idea for a long time, but I thought Theo de Raadt wasn't agreeable to it.

Ken Westerback: The idea for The OpenBSD Foundation came from Bob Beck after several experiences with companies expressing a reluctance to donate money or equipment to OpenBSD without getting a receipt that would satisfy their accounting department. Theo has not, to my knowledge, been opposed to the creation of such an organization but has always firmly declined to put in the work to organize, complete the paperwork and run one himself. He was quite supportive of this effort but clearly reiterated his non-involvement in the running of the organization. Theo is always happy to get no strings attached support for OpenBSD.

One problem that potential donors have spoken up about in the past is that US residents can subtract donations to the FreeBSD Foundation from their taxes, but donations to OpenBSD via Theo de Raadt did not qualify. Is making a donation to the OpenBSD Foundation tax deductible in the US? (And Canada? I don't know if such tax provisions are available in other countries.)

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