Handshake donates $300,000 USD to Debian

March 29th, 2019

In 2018 the Debian project received a donation of $300,000 USD from Handshake, an organization developing an experimental peer-to-peer root domain naming system.

This significant financial contribution will help Debian to continue the hardware replacement plan designed by the Debian System Administrators, renewing servers and other hardware components and thus making the development and community infrastructure of the Project more reliable.

A deep and sincere thank you to the Handshake Foundation for their support of the Debian Project. said Chris Lamb, Debian Project Leader. Contributions such as theirs make it possible for a large number of diverse contributors from all over the world to work together towards our mutual goal of developing a fully-free universal operating system.

Handshake is a decentralized, permissionless naming protocol compatible with DNS where every peer is validating and in charge of managing the root zone with the goal of creating an alternative to existing Certificate Authorities.

The Handshake project, its sponsors and contributors recognize Free and Open Source Software as a crucial part of the foundations of the Internet and their project, so they decided to reinvest back into free software by gifting $10,200,000 USD to various FLOSS developers and projects, as well as non-profit organizations and universities that support free software development.

Thank you very much, Handshake, for your support!

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