[OpenAFS] Re: [OpenAFS-devel] An open letter from the OpenAFS Council of Elders
Sun, 11 May 2008 11:42:56 -0400
On Sat, May 10, 2008 at 12:13 PM, Rodney M. Dyer <email@example.com> wrote:
> 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
> If you care about whether OpenAFS sees a future or not, then you NEED to do
With no disrespect intended toward Sine Nomine or Secure Endpoints --
both do tons of fine work and contribute back to the OpenAFS
community, I recommend contracts with them highly for those who need
help with support, training and development -- there's something to be
said for being able to contribute directly to OpenAFS.
There have been mechanisms in the past to directly fund OpenAFS; the
AFS & Kerberos Best Practices Workshop raises money for OpenAFS, and
there is a fund through Usenix, to take advantage of it being a 501c3.
As it's own 501c3 corporation OpenAFS would be able to accept
donations without a third party, something that would probably make it
easier -- and more comfortable -- for many sites to do. Additionally,
there are resources that neither company can always directly provide,
especially things like hardware.
Disclaimer: I have worked for Sine Nomine Associates. Nothing stated
here reflects the opinion of them or any other current or past
employer. Or probably myself...