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1. OpenBSD
Published Nominee by pnijjar
[ http://kwlug.org/node/720 ]

Why would a Linux user contribute to the OpenBSD project? Here are a
few
reasons: 

OpenSSH

Without an open-source implementation of this protocol, we would still
be using telnet and rsh. There are now several free-software
implementations, but OpenSSH was implemented early and was good enough
that it was widely adopted.

Code Audits

The OpenBSD project audits the code used in its core system, which is
an important practice. Much of that code does not make it into Linux.
But some of it does, and the bugs that the OpenBSD team finds are
reported and fixed, which makes subsequent releases more secure.

Alternatives and Innovation

Alternative implementations of ideas makes for a richer ecosystem, and
OpenBSD has contributed its fair share of innovation. For example, the
pf firewall and its offshoots (like spamd) stand out here and serve as
a
benchmark for other open-source implementations.


You might have issues with the OpenBSD project, its approach to full
disclosure, or the attitude of its developers. But it is hard to argue
that the project has not contributed a fair amount to the way we
approach security and to FLOSS overall.
The project accepts donations: http://www.openbsd.org/donations.html
[1]

[1] http://www.openbsd.org/donations.html


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