On a cold dark day in November 2005, Trumpf took a risk and bet 9000 USD on dotgnu. These were two grants of 4500 USD each, one for libjit (i686) and the other for the corresponding JIT coder in Portable.net, which I've jokingly referred to as the Southern "Summer of Code" (update: skwashd reminded me that he coined the phrase).
As of October 1st 2006, the work is considered to be complete. Congratulations to klausT, aleksey and kirill, who will all receive an equal cut of the pie. But it is not really about the money here, it is about the true spirit of FOSS - how people stand up to be counted, are put to the test and come out winners. I've been there, done that and still miss the rush.
Moving onto the bad news section of things, I'd like to take advantage of this occasion to formalize my sabbatical in DotGNU land. I've been promising to huff and puff for a while, but nothing's been blow away so far, other than the odd one-liner somewhere. So at least for a couple of months, I'll just stop promising stuff and go into "do & commit" mode of operations.
If that doesn't work out, I'll just have to be promoted to management or taken out back & shot.--
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.