I’m wondering how open are FreeBSD users to the idea of providing funding for some FreeBSD-specific development. I’m specifically interested about “bounties” such as those from rsync.net for certain specific projects. The FreeBSD Foundation always accepts donations, but this is something different and more targeted.
Let’s give an example (nothing definite right now, no obligations, even the main developer(s) aren’t contacted about the idea): are there any people or organizations that would fund BLUFFS? The motivation is clear: a clean journaling file system compatible with UFS. Though ZFS is nice, it’s still not stable enough (and requires so much memory it’s not suitable for smaller machines) and softupdates is in bad shape anyway.
If you’re interested, have an idea or actually anything to contribute to this topic, please post a reply.