- The KDE/FreeBSD team has announced that the Calligra 2.5 Suite of integrated KDE Applications is now available in the Ports tree.
- GhostBSD 3.0 Gnome RC1 is ready to test.
Martin Cracauer, a FreeBSD developer, went to BSDCan 2012 and wrote up his experience on the Open Source at Google blog: BSDCan 2012 – “The technical BSD conference”. I’m sure this will have been read by many with an open source interst (26716 RSS followers). Good marketing!
The FreeBSD Foundation funded some FreeBSD developers’ and contributors’ travel expenses. In return they have sumarised what the did at BSDCan, how they got involved and what it means to them.
Read the feedback from:
Some of the BSDCan presentations can be viewed here, in case you missed them.
BSDCan 2012 is over. For developers there’s now (more) development work to do, for those of us who could not attend time to watch the videos.
MeetBSD California is no normal conference – it’s a meeting of the minds from all over the BSD community. MeetBSD California 2012 will feature community-scheduled break-out sessions, discussions groups, and 5-10 minute “lightning talks,” as well as longer talks from seasoned BSD experts.
MeetBSD California 2012 aims to engage the best of both worlds between traditional planned-speaker-centered conferences and the community-planned unConference model. Day one will be devoted primarily to planned talks, while day two will be scheduled entirely by the attendees, allowing anything from impromptu tutorials to hacking sessions. This is your conference, and we can’t wait to see you there!
Not strictly upcoming, but ongoing: Google’s annual Summer of Code (2012) has kicked off. FreeBSD is represented by 15 projects.
Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers post-secondary student developers ages 18 and older stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We have worked with open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund projects over a three month period.
FreeBSD events come and go month after month. Time for an update on some past and upcoming FreeBSD events.
If you are interested in learning more about FreeBSD administration (the operating system FreeNAS and FreeBSD are based upon), there is an all day course on FreeBSD for Linux System Administrators on Friday, April 13. There is no cost to attend either the course or the conference. Pre-registration is encouraged so that you don’t have to wait in line to register when you arrive.
Hopefully all these representations will be video recorded and made available who cannot attend.
Michael Dexter will be giving a presentation entitled The FreeNAS Storage Platform: A minute to learn, a lifetime to master at NLUUG’s Spring conference. This event will be held in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands on April 11th.
EuroBSDcon 2012 is the European technical conference for users and developers on BSD-based systems, and will be held from 18 – 21 October 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. There will be tutorials on Thursday and Friday and talks on Saturday and Sunday.
The EuroBSDcon conference organisers have put out a Call For Proposals and are inviting developers and users of BSD-based systems to submit innovative and original papers not submitted to other European conferences on BSD-related topics. Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to applications, architecture, implementation, performance and security of BSD-based operating systems, as well as topics concerning the economic or organizational aspects of BSD use.
A new year, a new series of FreeBSD Conferences. Mark them in your diaries if you’re planning to go.
iXsystem, FreeNAS, PC-BSD and the FreeBSD Foundation will be represented at SCALE Linux Expo 2012. The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) is an annual Linux, Open-Source, and Free Software conference held in Los Angeles. This event will be held in Los Angeles from 20-22 Jan.
How to install and help test FreeBSD’s exciting new BHyVe hypervisor
Michael Dexter has published a tutorial on CFT on FreeBSD‘s upcoming type 2 hypervisor known as BHyVe. The article is an easy to follow tutorial showing how to configure, build and boot a hypervisor capable host and guest system. BHyVe currently only supports modern Intel’s x86 virtualization hardware & the project itself is still currently under early development.
FreeBSD is very much lacking virtualization features (not counting jails) and the BHyVe project is excellent news for FreeBSD!
“Neel Natu and Peter Grehan unveiled BHyVe (PDF), the “BSD HyperVisor” (incl. Audio) for FreeBSD at BSDCan 2011 and kindly helped me get it up and running. I invite you to do the same and explore the many possibilities of this up and coming alternative to Linux KVM. Because BHyVe relies primarily on the Virtual Machine Manager vmm.ko kernel module, it should be portable to other BSD’s and even other operating systems. BHyVe guest virtual machines run modified FreeBSD kernels at this time and there are many opportunities to remove this limitation. Be aware that BHyVe is under active development and should be considered experimental.”
Full article and howto: Hands-on BHyVe.
These are some links to past and upcoming FreeBSD related events:
Central European BSD day 2011 (Slovakia)
Central Europen BSDDay 2011 is taking place in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 5 November.
The purpose of this one-day event is to gather Central European developers of today’s open-source BSD systems, popularize their work, and provide an interface for real-life communication. There are no formalities, no papers, and no registration or participation fee, however the invited developers are encouraged to give a talk on their favorite BSD-related topic, then have a beer with the other folks around. The language of this event is English, and the goal is to motivate potential future developers and users, especially undergraduate university students to work with BSD systems.
For more info and to see the schedule of lectures, visit the Central Europen BSDday 2011 page.
BSDday Argentina 2011
BSDday Argentina is taking place on 5 November 2011 too.
For more info (currently quite sparce) visit the BSDDay Argentina 2011 website.
Google Code-In 2011
DragonFlyBSD is taking part. Would be good to see all major BSD projects getting involved. Google Code-in 2011.
Clang on FreeBSD (mp3)
The mp3 of Adam David Alan Martin’s NYCBUG presentation (“Clang on FreeBSD”) is now available at http://www.fetissov.org/public/nycbug/nycbug-10-05-11.mp3
I have linked to a couple of past and upcoming FreeBSD events that are worth sharing.
1. FreeBSD vendor summit (3-4 November)
I wasn’t aware of any FreeBSD vendor event, but there’s one from 3-4 November 2011 in Sunnyvale, California.
This is an opportunity for developers and vendors to share project direction and goals, collaborate on various projects.
If you’re a vendor using FreeBSD, or you’re a vendor thinking about using FreeBSD in a project (wireless or otherwise) this mini-conference is just for you.
(via Adrian Chadd’s blog)
2. KyivBSD 2011 (24 September)
KyivBSD will be held on 24 September 2001 at the University of Taras Shevchenko, Kiev, Ukraine. Registration for the free KyivBSD event is now open.
3. Participate in Software Freedom Day (17 September)
“Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual global event that encourages open source software users to reach out to their local community to educate others about the benefits of using open source.
Frederic Muller, President of SFI, the non-profit organization behind Software Freedom Day, has been very helpful in encouraging FreeBSD users to participate in SFD. FreeBSD is listed as a partner on the SFD website. In addition, the FreeBSD logo is included on the cover letter and a copy of PC-BSD was included with the 210 packages that were shipped to the pre-registered teams. He also added the FreeBSD news RSS feed to planet SFD so that other SFD participants will get FreeBSD updates.” Continues
4. Presentation by Luigi Rizzo on Netmap on Google Tech Talks Channel
Luigi Rizza, a FreeBSD developer, presented on Google Tech Talks.
“Software packet processing at line rate is problematic both in userspace and within the kernel, due to the cost of managing in-kernel metadata, and system calls/and data copy overhead.”
Check out the Youtube BSD Conferences channel for more FreeBSD related videos.
5. Two interviews with the FreeBSD Core Team members (Russian).
Igor Savchuk has conducted some interviews with Andrei Chernov and Konstantin Belousov:
The conversation is in Russian, but with Google Translate you’ll get the gist of the conversation.
These are some quick links to upcoming and related FreeBSD related events, conferences and interview.
Central European BSD day: BSDDay EU 2011 (04-06-2011, Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology).
2. EuroBSDCon 2011
3. BSD Day Argentina 2011
*BSD users in Argentina call to the community of free software, users, system administrators and developers of BSD systems for participation on the BSDday 2011. The subject of the event is BSD operating systems, BSD-licensed software, licensing issues, BSD philosophy and related topics.
4. BSDTalk 207 ArabBSD
5. FreeBSD on EC2
We chat with Colin Percival who has managed to put FreeBSD on EC2 and figured out a good way to have secure backups in the cloud.
There’s more he wanted to say in the interview: What I meant to say.