SeaGL 2015 Recap

Michael Dexter recently attended SeaGL, or Seattle GNU/Linux Conference to promote BSD. Read his story about the small conference packed with many users of various open source software.

The third SeaGL Seattle GNU/Linux Conference took place October 23rd and 24th at Seattle Central College in Washington State. I drove up from Portland, Oregon to host a FreeBSD table and talk to students, professors and users about BSD topics ranging from FreeBSD to FreeNAS, OpenZFS, pfSense and even OpenBSD. Adds a free-of-charge event, SeaGL attracted a broad range of attendees which made for pretty intense engagement with users of all levels of expertise.

At three years of age, SeaGL is definitely a toddler of a conference with a confident, yet innocent attitude that is refreshing among the many “all-business” events in the community. Setting up meant picking an available table. Making a badge meant grabbing a pen. Giving a lightning talk meant signing up between other lightning talks. While it “aspires to be like SCALE in Los Angeles”, I look at SeaGL the same way I look at my toddler: “Please stay small and innocent as long as you can!”

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FreeBSD Foundation – EuroBSDCon 2015 Recap The FreeBSD Foundation summarized their recent experience at EuroBSDCon 2015 held in Stockholm, Sweden on October 3 & 4, 2015. Congratulations to Dr. Colin Percival, Michael Dexter, Shteryana Shopova, Allan Jude, and Paul Shenkeveld for being recognized for their great contributions to the BSD community.


BSDCam 2015 Trip Report: Mariusz Zaborski


FreeBSD committer Mariusz Zaborski highlighted his recent trip to BSDCam 2015, sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation. The conference was held at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

I’m a fresh FreeBSD committer who is very interested in security things. I also work for the Wheel Systems company which develops security solutions. So it was natural for me that I should attend Cambridge Developer Summit which, in my opinion, is the most security related event in every committer’s calendar. This was also my third visit to Cambridge. For the first one I also wrote a trip report which you can find here. The conference was held in August 17-20, 2015.

Read the full report here!

vBSDcon 2015: September 11-13

A reminder that vBSDcon 2015, hosted by Verisign, is happening on September 11-13 in Reston, Virginia.

Please join us September 11-13, 2015 at the Sheraton in Reston, Virginia for the second biennial vBSDCon event. This exciting weekend will bring together members of the BSD community for a series of roundtable discussions, educational sessions, best practice conversations, and exclusive networking opportunities.

Who Should Attend?

  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Administrators
  • Innovators


BSDCan 2015 Trip Report: Koop Mast

FreeBSD ports developer Koop Mast recounts his experience at BSDCan 2015. His trip was sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation. BSDCan was held at the University of Ottawa in June.


I have been to two EuroBSDCon conferences and now I can add my first BSDCan to the list. The trip to Ottawa was just as interesting as the conference itself, it was the first time I stepped aboard an airplane. Purely by chance I found out, after I booked my flight, that I shared the same flight with Ed Schouten and Massimiliano Stucchi so they could help me with the confusing ant hill that is your average airport.

We arrived the 9th in Ottawa and after dropping off our stuff at the residence, we went to the Royal Oak for drinks and social activities.

During the dev summit or the actual BSDCan you can meet people you’ve only heard of before and have a conversation. In some cases, you can also find out they have heard of you before too. That happened to me during lunch on Wednesday, when I met Michael W. Lucas at Cora’s.

While I mostly work on FreeBSD ports, it was interesting to see how a company like Isilon uses at least part of the Project you work on in their product and how they’ve changed their policy over the years to keep up with all the shiny new stuff.

The hacking lounge was a mixed bag of what people were doing: talking with other people attending the conference about different subjects, discussing future projects, doing some code hacking or taking a soldering iron to “harmless” wireless routers. During one of the hacking lounges, Johannes Jost Meixner ask me to do a simple test with a few new ports to see if the skype4 port worked on HEAD. I also put the inspiration I got during a presentation into solving a segfault in PulseAudio that was bugging me for a while.


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BSDCan 2015 Trip Report

bsdcan2015FreeBSD developers Christian Brueffer and Warren Block summarize their experiences at BSDCan 2015, which was held at the University of Ottawa in Ontario.  The two were sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation to attend developer summits and presentations, gathered by developers around the world. Head on over to the links to view the full reports.

Christian Brueffer:

All in all, the conference and the devsummit were a great success for me.  I learned a lot, and it’s always astonishing how seeing the cool stuff other people have been working on motivates me to work on FreeBSD better myself.  Thank you to the FreeBSD Foundation for making this trip possible!


Warren Block:

BSDCan is not what most people expect.  It is not a boring computer conference.  Sure, there are presentations and talks and the standard conference stuff.  But this is a place where BSD nerds are the norm, not the exception; where the other people there speak your language, share and understand your problems, and know that you understand theirs.  It is a feeling of family, a chance to share and solve problems, and gather inspiration for the rest of the year.