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OpenBSD contract suspended due to 'world events'

The U.S. Department of Defense now says “world events” are the reason it has suspended a contract with the OpenBSD software project, not the project founder’s antiwar comments, but the agency that cancelled the project won’t say much more than that. Theo de Raadt, leader of the open-source operating system project, announced last week that funding had been cut for a project funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), just days after he was quoted in a Canadian newspaper as opposing the U.S. war in Iraq and expressing his discomfort with taking Defense Department funding. DARPA spokeswoman Jan Walker denied that the funding was pulled because of de Raadt’s comments, saying last Friday the remaining portion of the $2.3 million Portable Open-Source Security Enhancements project was under review. But this week, Walker sent out a new e-mail, saying DARPA had shut down a “security fest” portion of the project because of world events. Full Story

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