Throughout our long history, the
FreeBSD Mall has had a mutually beneficial relationship with the
FreeBSD Project, supporting the community in numerous ways, some of
which are listed below:
Provided a reliable source of software,
documentation and support. Our CDROMs and books had a
professional polish that competing projects (NetBSD and OpenBSD)
were unable to match, especially in the early days. This gave
FreeBSD a decisive edge, at a time when it wasn't clear which of
the BSD branches would dominate.
Maintained customer-friendly policies,
including an unconditional "no-hassle" return policy, and
empowered employees to quickly resolve any customer satisfaction
Paid the salary of important FreeBSD developers,
so they could work on FreeBSD full time.
Provided the FreeBSD project with
hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of hardware.
Provided giga-bit level bandwidth for
people wishing to download FreeBSD. Our FTP server also
functioned as a high profile showcase for FreeBSD's capabilities
Paid fees and travel/hotel expenses for
key FreeBSD developers to participate in technical conferences,
including SOSP, OSDI, Usenix, and several security symposiums.
Developed and distributed advocacy
material, including white
papers, web resources, comparison
Devoted a full time employee to the
FreeBSD Documentation Project.
Paid employees to answer questions on
the FreeBSD Mailing Lists.
Paid employees to respond to and
resolve FreeBSD Problem Reports.
Helped many of the local FreeBSD User
Groups increase their membership and improve their visibility by
including them in our tradeshows and BOFs, and by providing
publicity, promotional materials, guest speakers, web-links,
organizational assistance, direct mail services, and
co-sponsorship of events.
Provided hundreds of free CDs and books
to local universities, and sent guest speakers to talk to Computer
Science students about FreeBSD.
Sponsored and supported numerous
FreeBSD Installathons. We provided free
discs, technical staff, snacks, etc.
Developed retail box packaging for
FreeBSD, and professional quality books. Introduced FreeBSD into
mainstream retail stores, including CompUSA, Best Buy, Border's
Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.
Conceived, organized, and funded the
first two BSD Conferences.
Contributed money to the FreeBSD
Foundation to support the porting of Java to FreeBSD, improvement
of FreeBSD 5.X SMP support, and other activities that the FreeBSD
Foundation has engaged in.
Contributed $5,000 to the FreeBSD
Foundation in February 2004.
Contributed shirts, CDs, DVDs, and
promotional materials to the Ukrainian FreeBSD User
Contributed CDs to the AfNOG 2008 Workshop