Apple donated a whopping $500-999:
I guess every penny is welcome, but it is sad considering how much they benefited from FreeBSD. Also interesting and impressive that Intel donated $250,000+.
I’m surprised Juniper Networks is not even in that list. Or Sony with their PS4, for that matter.
I’d be curious whether that’s a result of their employee-donation matching program. Apple does 2-to-1 matches on employee donations, so if Apple employees donated a collective $250-499 as individuals, that’d explain a $500-999 Apple contribution – if the FreeBSD donors list counts things that way. I notice Google is in the same tier, possibly for the same reason?
There’s also more ways to contribute to a project than just financially. Apple was foundational and crucial in TrustedBSD’s MAC implementation, which is still used today in macOS for code signing and in FreeBSD (and its derivatives, like HardenedBSD and Juniper’s JunOS). Not many are aware of how just how much Apple contributes to open source, at the very earliest as TrustedBSD (or earlier) and even until today with Darwin and llvm. (Holy cow did I state that awkwardly. I blame the lack of sleep. Or perhaps the wonderful spa date night I just had with the missus. Or both.)
I’ve also come to realize just how beneficial it is not to have an entitlement mentality. Apple is a for-profit business, answerable only to its shareholders. Apple’s lack of monetary contributions (regardless of accuracy of such a claim) demonstrates their priorities, which may end up including hiring open source contributors to continue doing their great work open and paid. Instead of a 501(c)(3) receiving funding, a family of five with three-point-one-four-one-five-nine dogs and a dead parrot named Steve, who died in a horrible plane crash,
So, perhaps there’s another side to the story that paints a different picture. The world would be a very boring place if everyone thought like I did.