In typical form, Theo is once again ranting about for-profit corporations not living up to his personal ethical standards. Wait, wait, wait.. WHAT? Right, exactly, let me spell it out for those of you that missed it. For-profit corporations typically do not, nor should they in general operate under the guidance of some high and mighty code of ethics. That’s just not what they do! If you expect them to, you are a lunatic, profit margins are everything. Granted, there are some that do and kudos to them.
Theo, your pet OpenBSD is in some ways pushing the envelope to the extreme when compared to other open source operating systems. OpenSSH/SSL, bgpd, pf to name a few. You’re a bright guy Theo, I know you are, get with your guys and figure out how to monetize those good bits. Selling CD’s and DVD’s isn’t the way. Selling support services is a step in the right direction, but isn’t going to get you too far. Offer custom development services, for customization, etc? Ok, ok, sure, not bad. But you can do better than that, it all depends on how far you want to take it. Oh wait, there’s a thought. $10,000/year subscription service that gets your corporation fed security patches 72 hours before everyone else? How about a $30/year subscription service for individuals that gets you a login to download new releases 2 weeks before everyone else? Oh, right, but then one guy would grab it and setup a torrent or something. Think about it this way, though. At least then you’ll have something legitimate to rant about.