Donations to The SplendosBSD Project

Fund Drive

The SplendosBSD project is a voluntary software group funded by donations. In addition to the SplendosBSD operating system, we also develop the U-XDE graphical user interface, perfectly matched to SplendosBSD system software, and the specialized LoopholeBSD operating system.
We hope that our efforts for high-quality, secure and stable software will lead to contributions to improve and sustain our build / development infrastructure and to cover our power / internet costs.

Your donation to the SplendosBSD project can greatly enhance the codebase of the project. We want to continue the funded development in other different areas of the system, including:

  • Develop a graphical user interface based on existing BSD components to ensure ease of use.
  • Developing modern and improving existing file systems.
  • Automatic testing and quality assurance.
We invite the SplendosBSD community and all organizations to help us achieve these goals. This fundraiser is a great opportunity for everyone to contribute to the SplendosBSD project and help us improve SplendosBSD and our other own projects.
Please read below to learn more about donating. Thank you for supporting the SplendosBSD project!

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The SplendosBSD Foundation

The SplendosBSD project has the idea of founding a nonprofit organization, The SplendosBSD Foundation, in the US. This should enable you, as a donor, to receive a donation receipt from SplendosBSD. At the moment we can not issue any donation receipts!
The foundation of the SplendosBSD Foundation will be in one of the following states. The shortlist includes:

  • Silicon Valley
  • Wyoming
  • Delaware
  • Florida
The SplendosBSD project will keep you up-to-date on any changes and advances in establishing the SplendosBSD Foundation.


Why donations are important

The SplendosBSD project is a project that produces open source software. This means that it does not have a regular source of income, but relies on generous donations from third parties.

The funding of the SplendosBSD project comes from different sources. Organizations and individuals interested in SplendosBSD and other proprietary projects will provide hardware, servers, and rack space to support key SplendosBSD project services and enable developers to support new hardware platforms and peripherals.

It is important to understand that every donation is important. With no servers and rack space in colocation facilities, we would not be able to provide high-quality services such as regular builds and the various web and FTP services to our developers and users. Without development hardware donations, we would not be able to support the enormous bandwidth of platforms and peripherals. Advertising at events enables us to present our work to others and to attract new developers and users. Each of these functions is important for the current state of the SplendosBSD project.

Whether you're a Fortune 100 company, a company that runs your web server on BSD products, a home user with a BSD operating system on your desktop, or just someone who thinks SplendosBSD is cool - or all four - think twice Please, if you want to donate something to the SplendosBSD project.

Of course, there are other ways in which individuals as well as organizations can contribute to SplendosBSD.


Donations generally fall into three categories:

If you have something to offer that doesn't fall into one of these categories, don't fret! Just contact us at donations@SplendosBSD.net with your offer. Just because it's not the run-of-the-mill offer doesn't mean that we're not interested.


Financial Contributions

The Splendos project does not accept direct financial contributions. In the future, a sponsoring organization, the SplendosBSD Foundation, will accept financial contributions for us.

For more information on financial contributions, visit the website of the SplendosBSD Foundation.

Financial donations are currently rated as a gift!


Complete Computers

The SplendosBSD project always needs computers. If you have a computer that you would like to donate to the project, please provide us with the following information:

  • Hardware specifications: architecture, motherboard, CPU, hard disk space, memory.
  • Is this system running a BSD operating system or is it unsupported?
  • Are you ready to ship this system?
  • Your physical location.
Please send this e-mail to donate@splendosbsd.net.


Computer Components

Also, the SplendosBSD project always requires computer components. If you have hardware that you would like to donate to the Project, please contact us with the following information:

  • The hardware description: model, part number, manufacturer, etc. If you have an exact link to the manufacturer's Web page for this component, that would be helpful.
  • Is this hardware currently supported in a BSD operating system?
  • What documentation do you have? A piece of hardware is not sufficient to write a driver; driver authors need detailed chipset data from the manufacturer. (Don't worry too much if you don't have this documentation, as it may be available elsewhere.)
  • Are you ready to ship this system?
  • Your physical location.


General device requirements

We try to spread these types of devices around our development community.

  • Laptops. These die often enough that as a group our needier developers need help replacing about 2-3 per year.
  • Apple Mac powerpc equipment.
  • HP J6750 machines (J6700 is the second best choice).
  • Faster & smaller sparc64 machines, for instance 1U rack mount machines. It is important to spread sparc64 around the development community, since it is the most strict platform for detecting non-portable or buggy code.
  • Any amd64 or faster i386 hardware which comes available.
  • We need ISA / PCI devices. This equipment should not be older than 5 years.


10Gb Ethernet Support

The SplendosBSD project is also working to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet devices. You can support us with the following hardware in the development:

  • 10GbaseSR SFP+ modules for use in 10Gb network cards
  • Switches with 10Gb modules for hacking
  • Direct Attach (SFP+) and CX4 cabling
  • optical cabling with LC connectors (for 10GbaseSR and 10GbaseLR)
  • Broadcom, Emulex (ServerEngines) and QLogic 10Gb NICs for driver development