A round up of interesting videos detailing the BSD community and its history. Dive into the minds of Rick Reed, Marshall Kirk McKusick, Robert Watson, and George Neville-Neil. Thanks to users Beastie7, protocelt, PacketMan, & Kalero for collecting the links.
A session from the 2nd biennial vBSDcon event, Sept. 11-13, 2015, Reston, VA.
The event brought together members of the BSD community for a series of roundtable discussions, educational sessions, best practice conversations, and exclusive networking opportunities. More videos and information: http://vbsdcon.com
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.
For those interested in attending the FreeBSD Developer and Vendor Summit, you can find the details in the link below. Non-committers and guest attendees will need to email email@example.com. The deadline to register is October 17, 2015. The summit will be held on November 2-3, 2015, at the NetApp campus in Sunnyvale.
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! http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/09/bsdcam-2015-trip-report-mariusz-zaborski.html
Andrew Tanenbaum, creator of Minix, urges users to attend and participate in BSDCon Brasil 2015. The conference will be held on October 9-10, 2015 at Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR).
Official page: http://bsdcon.com.br
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?
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.
FreeBSD 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.
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!
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.
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
If you want join the group of BSDCan sponsors, please read about our sponsorship opportunities.