USENIX announces the
formation of the OpenAFS Fund, a financial means of supporting
The OpenAFS Project.
OpenAFS is a free, secure, scalable, distributed filesystem used by
large corporations and small companies alike. Originally created as a
research project by IBM and Carnegie Mellon University in the early
1980s, then becoming a licensed product of IBM/Transarc Labs, the
software was open sourced by IBM in October 2000 and has seen much
growth and development since then.
Why Donate to OpenAFS?
The OpenAFS project suffers from the classic Open Source problem:
more requests than people can find time to work on.
Few contributors to OpenAFS are currently paid for their time, and
those who are, are funded by their employers (to whom OpenAFS is
eternally grateful). Frequently contributors' work is driven by critical bugs
and site-specific problems. Work on new development, non-critical bugs,
code audits, performance enhancements, and documentation is accomplished
volunteers in their spare time.
Financial support of OpenAFS will enable the project to hire:
Financial support can also be used to purchase equipment and services
necessary for carrying out the OpenAFS.org mission, which includes
software subscriptions, licensing fees, certifications, and operating
systems, among others.
- Developers for frequently requested features such as confidential
communication, disconnected operations, long volume names,
enhancements for Microsoft Windows, optimization for laptops,
better administration software, and other items
- Technical writers to create, update, and otherwise maintain
- Product managers to manage code contributions, perform code audits,
plan longterm roadmaps, and provide support to the OpenAFS community
Contributions will be allocated to projects under the direction of the
OpenAFS Elders, the advisory board that guides the future development
How Do I Donate to OpenAFS?
USENIX is accepting donations on behalf of The OpenAFS Project through the OpenAFS Fund. Donations can be made by sending a check, drawn on a U.S. bank, made out to the USENIX Association, to:
2560 Ninth St., Suite 215
Berkeley, CA 94710
Your contribution may be tax-deductible as allowed by law under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Check with your tax advisor to determine whether your contribution is fully or partially tax-deductible.
You can also purchase OpenAFS shirts and other items through CafePress. All proceeds
from the purchase of these items go to the OpenAFS Fund.