JAN KOUM, the founder and CEO of recent Facebook acquisition WhatsApp, has hurled $1m at the FreeBSD Foundation and told it to go and treat itself, or something to that effect.
Koum probably made more money than a small nation's GDP when Zuckerberg and his social network squatted over it and made it its own, so it's nice that he is sharing it out.
The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased with the bung, and Koum is pleased with the position that he finds himself in, and the good that it enables. Despite its being November, this has put us in Christmassy mood.
Koum, like some sort of Santa, emptied his money sack into the Foundation last month, and gave it, according to a post on its site, the largest single donation in its history.
"This marks the largest single donation to the Foundation since its inception almost 15 years ago, and serves as another example of someone using FreeBSD to great success and then giving back to the community," it said.
"We're now in the process of working together as a team to decide how best to use this gift to serve the FreeBSD community.
"That plan will combine financial investment, to ensure the effects of this donation are felt for many years to come, and an acceleration of the Foundation's growth into new capabilities and services.
Koum, who singlehandedly shattered the Foundation's fundraising goal for the year, posted about his donation on Facebook - naturally - and explained that he hopes it will bring positives to the programmer community.
"Last week, I donated $1m to the FreeBSD Foundation, which supports the open source operating system that has helped millions of programmers pursue their passions and bring their ideas to life," he said.
"I'm actually one of those people. I started using FreeBSD in the late 90s, when I didn't have much money and was living in government housing. In a way, FreeBSD helped lift me out of poverty.
"I'm announcing this donation to shine a light on the good work being done by the FreeBSD Foundation, with the hope that others will also help move this project forward."
Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $22bn, suggesting that there is some money to be made from programming. µ
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