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

Link: http://www.verisigninc.com/en_US/internet-technology-news/verisign-events/vbsdcon/index.xhtml

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.

FBSDF15-yearsOriginal: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/08/bsdcan-2015-trip-report-koop-mast.html

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!

Original: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/07/bsdcan-2015-trip-report-christian.html

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.

Original: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/07/bsdcan-2015-trip-report-warren-block.html

BSDCan 2015 – The BSD Conference

Registration is still open for BSDCan 2015 for those interested in attending. It will be held at the University of Ottawa, Canada on June 12-13, 2015. Dan Langille and Steve Bourne will be doing the keynote presentation.

Visit their website at https://www.bsdcan.org/2015/ for more information.


BSDCan – The BSD Conference

Come join us at the 12th annual BSDCan!

BSDCan, a BSD conference held in Ottawa, Canada, has quickly established itself as the technical conference for people working on and with 4.4BSD based operating systems and related projects. The organizers have found a fantastic formula that appeals to a wide range of people from extreme novices to advanced developers.

NOTE: BSDCan 2015 is in June.

BSDCan 2015 will be held on 12-13 June 2015 (Fri/Sat) at University of Ottawa in the DMS (Desmarais) building, and will be preceded by two days of Tutorials on 10-11 June 2015 (Wed/Thu). See our map for details.

There will be related events (of a social nature, for the most part) on the day before and after the conference.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers has closed, the schedule has been released, and registration is now open.


If you want join the group of BSDCan sponsors, please read about our sponsorship opportunities.

FreeBSD Foundation May 2015 Update

The FreeBSD Foundation have published their updates for May 2015. Follow the link for news on development projects, conferences, a behind-the-scene look on FreeBSD running on servers, as well as this year’s fundraising goals. We would also like to extend our condolences to long time BSD advocate, Paul Schenkeveld, his contributions to the community will be remembered.

freebsdfoundationThe start of summer is upon us and that also means the beginning of a particularly fun few months at the Foundation. From meeting FreeBSD developers at BSD events to installing new hardware, we’re continuing to come up with new ways to support the Project. As always, we can’t do anything without your help so, thank you again for all you do, and enjoy our latest update!
View the FreeBSD Foundation May 2015 Update: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/press/2015mayupdate.pdf

Verisign Announces vBSDcon 2015

vBSDcon, hosted by Verisign, has been announced and is being held on September 11-13 in Reston, Virginia.

Following the success of the inaugural vBSDcon, Verisign has elected to host a
second vBSDcon in Reston, Va at the Sheraton Reston hotel the weekend of
September 11, 2015. vBSDcon is a technical conference focused on the BSD
family of operating systems including, but not limited to, FreeBSD, OpenBSD,
NetBSD, and others. Any user, developer, engineer, or innovator involved with
any of the BSD family of operating systems will want to mark these dates.
vBSDcon will feature plenary talks, Birds of a Feather discussions, lightning
talks, and much more. Full details are available at http://www.vBSDcon.com/.
Additionally, While vBSDcon currently does not operate an “official” call for
presentations, proposals will be accepted until June. Anyone wishing to submit
a talk is invited to do so by emailing vbsd…@verisign.com. The event agenda
is expected to be finalized and published in mid-June.

We look forward to seeing you September 11, 2015!

Original announcement: https://www.mail-archive.com/freebsd-announce@freebsd.org/msg00644.html

SCALE 13x Trip Report: Michael Dexter

The Foundation recently sponsored Michael Dexter to attend SCALE 13x. Michael provides the following trip report:

SCALE 13x was the 13th Southern California Linux Expo and took place February 19th through 20th in Los Angeles, California. Despite its name, this year’s event demonstrated sincere outreach to the BSD community as demonstrated by two booths and several BSD-related talks. The first booth featured FreeBSD, the FreeBSD Foundation, FreeNAS, PC-BSD and pfSense while the second featured OpenBSD and NetBSD. Both booths were filled with familiar faces including Dru Lavigne, Denise Ebery, Matt Olander, James Nixon, David Maxwell, Brooke and Seth and two toddlers!

The variety of booth visitors were very familiar for SCALE: a mix of students, consultants, open source developers and military/aerospace contractors. I heard lots of “I got started on FreeBSD” and “I use FreeNAS” plus the occasional “When can we have a military-certified BSD so we can stop using Linux?” The last one is something I have heard at every SCALE I have attended and is representative of the region. Hats off to the SCALE organizers for also attracting such a diverse

Read Michael Dexter’s full report here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/02/scale-13x-trip-report-michael-dexter.html

13th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies

FAST ’15, also known as File and Storage Technologies, is currently here at Santa Clara, CA. Kirk McKusick will be giving a keynote presentation on BSD.


Join us in Santa Clara, CA, February 16–19, 2015, for the 13th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies. FAST ’15 brings together storage-system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems.

The FAST ’15 Keynote Address, “A Brief History of the BSD Fast Filesystem,” will be given by Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick. The 3-day technical sessions program also includes Work-in-Progress (WiP) reports; two Poster sessions; the SNIA Industry Track, and 28 refereed paper presentations, on topics including:

  • Scaling for Future Systems
  • Big Systems
  • Write-Optimized File Systems
  • Benchmarking and Workloads
  • Mobile and Social-Networking Systems

FAST ’15 also offers in-depth training in the latest techniques, effective tools, and best strategies. The four half-day sessions will focus on software-defined storage, cluster-based parallel storage system technologies, flash memory, and Hadoop. Check out the full training program and register soon to guarantee your first choice—seating is limited.

Find out more here: https://www.usenix.org/conference/fast15