[OpenAFS] Re: [OpenAFS-devel] An open letter from the OpenAFS Council of Elders

Rodney M. Dyer rmdyer@uncc.edu
Sat, 10 May 2008 12:13:24 -0400

At 06:50 PM 5/9/2008, Brian Sebby wrote:

>I think it would be a great idea to have some sort of membership option in
>an OpenAFS non-profit organization.  OpenAFS has been asking for donations,
>but unfortunately, Argonne and a number of other organizations (mostly
>government and academic) simply can't donate money without any benefit back
>to our organization.  We could contract with some of the folks providing
>AFS support if there was a feature we needed, but it's simply out of the
>question for us to be able to just donate to AFS.

Your "benefit back" is the continual improvement and debugging of 
OpenAFS.  You should have already contracted with either "Secure Endpoints" 
http://www.secure-endpoints.com, or "Sine Nomine" 
http://www.sinenomine.net/openafs/ for a "maintenance contract".  We have 
one, and it has served us well.  Since OpenAFS is essentially "free", the 
"maintenance contract" is more of a consulting contract really, but it 
serves the same function.  Talk to Jeffrey Altman about these arrangments 
at the workshop, or call him directly.  I'm sure he would be happy to work 
with you.

If you care about whether OpenAFS sees a future or not, then you NEED to do 


Rodney M. Dyer
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