iXsystems has announced the upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration for the FreeBSD operating system. This momentous occasion will take place on Saturday, November 2nd at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco.
iXsystems®, then called “OffMyServer”, organized the FreeBSD 10th Anniversary Party (also at DNA Lounge) in 2003. In 2008, iXsystems hosted the 15th Anniversary Party as part of the biennial MeetBSD conference in Mountain View, California. We look forward to bringing the FreeBSD community together once again for this latest celebration.
Party sponsors include Google®, Netflix®, NetApp®, and the FreeBSD Foundation. No Starch Press and O’Reilly® Media are donating books to raffle off at the event. Notable FreeBSD figures will contribute words of wisdom on the past, present, and future of FreeBSD.
FreeBSD began in 1993 as a set of patches to 386BSD, a derivative of BSD UNIX®. The three coordinators, Nate Williams, Rod Grimes and Jordan Hubbard, facing a lack of support for their efforts in that project, soon decided to turn it into a complete operating system under the name “FreeBSD” with the help of a growing number of other volunteers. Walnut Creek CD-ROM (now FreeBSD Mall, a part of iXsystems), was approached and stepped up to help distribute FreeBSD and provided computer hardware and a fast internet connection to assist with development. The FreeBSD 1.0 release came out late in 1993, and this year we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of that historic event.