The Blastwave Project Needs Your Help

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 1, 2005

The Blastwave project desperately needs your help. According to Dennis Clarke, the project creator and maintainer:

I need to ask the Blastwave and OpenSolaris communities for your help. Despite my best efforts at gathering corporate sponsorship, Blastwave is once again in a financial crisis. We are due to be evicted from the datacenter in three days, and there is little that I can do personally to stop this.

I have called every major computer company. When I call and ask about corporate sponsorship for an open source project I generally get a lukewarm response. Frankly, no one is interested in putting their corporate logo on this site. I have sold everything of value to keep this project and open build environment going, and I have nothing left to give. There is simply no long term support plan and no revenue model.

This is a dire situation. There have been millions of confirmed software packages created and delivered by Blastwave. Just one US mirror site delivered 3.2 million confirmed software packages in the last ten months alone — the true scope is even greater, encompassing a total of 30 mirror sites in the USA, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Blastwave needs two things of the community. First, we need money. Please visit

and make a donation to help keep the data center running. Also, we need to gather some estimate of the size of the Blastwave
community. Please go to

and let us know that you use Blastwave.

Sadly, Blastwave and Blastware have no way to survive without continual and ongoing support. Since I announced the fund raiser a few days ago there have been a few donations. Even a large donation by a long-time friend of Blastwave. Please visit the survey site and let me know if you are a member of the Solaris community. Truth is, no one knows how many we are. Please make a donation if you can.

This is Blastwave sending S.O.S … — …

Dennis Clarke, Director

Blastwave is one of the nicest Solaris software package repositories out there, and it would be bad to lose this wonderful resource due to funding issues. Please help out if you can!

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