This excerpt is taken from Poul-Henning Kamp's FAQ page. We thought he could explain why better than us.

Open letter to the users of FreeBSD.

Hello FreeBSD user,

My name is Poul-Henning Kamp and I am a FreeBSD developer.

You may not have heard about me before, but for the last ten years I have spent most of my spare time developing on the FreeBSD operating system which you use on your computer(s).

This email is about raising enough funds that I can do FreeBSD development full time in the second half of 2004.

The long story short:

I have lost one of my big contracting customers and have therefore the unique opportunity that I have the entire second half of 2004 empty in my order book.

Before I try to fill this timeslot with regular work, I decided to try to see if the FreeBSD user community would be interested and able to support people like me working full time on FreeBSD development.

We have some major development tasks in front of us and many of those tasks are almost impossible to complete on a spare-time basis, but three to six months full time attention of one of our most senior developers would solve the problem.

So this email is an appeal to the FreeBSD user community, to try to raise money for three to six months of my time to make our filesystem and disk-I/O subsystem work properly on both single-user and multi-processor systems.

Rather than bore you with a long email, I will put the rest of this on a FAQ format, feel free to ask me if you have other questions.

This page was put up to show our support for open source software and FreeBSD specifically. We have contributed funds for Poul-Henning Kamp's FreeBSD kernel development work.

We have been working and playing with FreeBSD for many years. Our jobs are greatly simplified by software produced by the FreeBSD and open source communities. Supporting Poal-Henning Kamp allows us to give something back to these communities.

If you feel the same way, follow this link to Poul-Henning Kamps's funding page and show him and the rest of the FreeBSD community that you support "free" software.

Signed, Scott Anderson Alvin Gunkel Chris Larson Jason Swank