The Perl Foundation is proud to announce that the craigslist Charitable Fund is supporting the Perl community with a generous donation of $100,000 toward Perl5 maintenance and for general use by the Perl Foundation.
According to craigslist CEO and former Perl Hacker Jim Buckmaster, "craigslist has gloried in and relied upon Perl for most of its software development for more than a decade. craigslist Charitable Fund is honored to recognize the wizardry and generosity of the Perl community, help ensure the ongoing maintenance of Perl5, and contribute to the future evolution of Perl." He added, "It was unclear at first how best to give something back to Perl. Fortunately there was more than one way to do it."
Karen Pauley, Perl Foundation President stated, "I am extremely grateful to craigslist Charitable Fund for their incredibly generous donation. What a fantastic way for The Perl Foundation to start 2012!"
"This generous donation will allow us to further improve the Perl 5 Core and the work done with the Core Maintenance Fund, as well as sponsor a range of Perl 5 related activities through grants and initiatives already in existence and in the community."
craigslist Charitable Fund makes donations in areas including Open Source & Free Software, Civil Liberties, Peace & Veterans Issues, Sustainable Transportation, and Journalism & New Media. For more information send an email to [email protected].
craigslist is a network of community moderated and largely free local classifieds and forums sites, where its users find jobs, housing, goods, services, romance, and anything else you can imagine. It began in 1995 as an email list of San Francisco events run by Craig Newmark, and was incorporated as a business in 1999. craigslist gets more than 30 billion views per month, is in the top 5 companies worldwide for English-language page views, and is used by more than 50 million people each month in the United States alone. Today craigslist is available in 700 regions, 70 countries, and 10 languages. craigslist hosts more than 50 million new classifieds each month and over 200 million user posts in its discussion forums. craigslist is based in San Francisco.
craigslist has become ubiquitous with the idea of searching for anything imaginable and this has transferred from the popular consciousness to media. In The Big Bang Theory: Season 4: The Prestidigitation Approximation, Sheldon says:
"Sheldon: And is this my card? Rats! I wonder if Howard used a radioactive tracer. Where am I going to find Uranium-235 this time of night? Come on, Craigslist." (source)
This is only one of a host of occurrences of craigslist in television and film such is its place in the popular mindset.