Happy 2013 to all regular readers and the occasional visitor. It’s been a while since this site was updated, but this was due to work and holidays.
Hopefully we’ll see FreeBSD 10 released this year and the use of FreeBSD increased.
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In case you missed it, there have been some releases and the FreeBSD Foundation successfully completed its fund raising drive.
- Faces of FreeBSD – Dan Langille [FreeBSD Foundation]
- Faces of FreeBSD – Thomas Abthorpe [FreeBSD Foundation]
- Thank You for Helping Us Exceed Our Fundraising Goal! [FreeBSD Foundation]
- The FreeBSD Foundation’s 2012 End-of-Year Newsletter [FreeBSD Foundation]
- FreeBSD releases 9.1 and blows through fundraising target [The H]
- FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE Announcement [FreeBSD]
- The PC-BSD Team announces the availablilty of PC-BSD 9.1 [PC-BSD Blog]
- pfSense 2.0.2 release Now Available [pfSense Blog]
- FreeNAS 8.3.1 Beta 1 is available [FreeNAS Blog]
- EuroBSDCon 2012 presentations available online [Youtube]
- FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE now available on all VPS and Dedicated Server packages [RootBSD]
- FreeBSD 10 news [ivoras]
- Other interesting links can be found on the FreeBSD Central Google+ page
We have a quick FreeBSD related events update: one that’s upcoming(MeetBSD) and one that has taken place already (KyivBSD).
MeetBSD California 2012
MeetBSD California will be held this upcoming weekend, November 3-4 at Yahoo! in Santa Clara, CA.
Josh Paetzel will be presenting “FreeNAS: Storage for Open Source” and Kris Moore will be presenting “The Warden – FreeBSD and Linux Jail Management”
KyivBSD 2012 took place in September. Andrei has written up a summary (EN – Google Translate) of the day. Another conference took place that same weekend which had an effect on the number of visitors. The page contains links to the videos and presentation summaries.
Below some updates and links with regards to past and future FreeBSD related conferences.
1. EuroBSCon 2012 took place between 18-21 October in Warshaw, Poland. There is an overview of all presentations that took place on bsdevents. When PDFss and video recordings appear online, I will link to them.
AsiaBSDCon is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo, in 14-17 March, 2013. The conference is for anyone developing, deploying and using systems based on FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, Darwin and MacOS X. AsiaBSDCon is a technical conference and aims to collect the best technical papers and presentations available to ensure that the latest developments in our open source community are shared with the widest possible audience.
3. BSDCan will be held again: BSDCan 2013. BSDCan 2013 will be held at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada from 15 – 18 May, 2013.
BSDCan is a developers conference with a strong focus on emerging technologies, research projects, and works in progress. It also features Userland infrastructure projects and invites contributions from both free software developers and those from commercial vendors.
4. PDF of PC-BSD Development Environment Presentation
Yuri Momotiuk’s has done a presentation on the PC-BSD development environment is available for download. This presentation provides an overview of PC-BSD source structure, what to include in your GUI application so that it can be localized, how to make the application single-instance, and how to add the application to the Control Panel (via)
Since not not everybody is able to attend (all) FreeBSD related conferences, it’s good that these presentations are uploaded so everybody can watch them later, and the rest of the online community can familiarise themselves with FreeBSD and related operating systems.
If you want to catch up on some recent conferences this weekend, have a look at the two links above.
- 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:
- Marius Strobl
- Daichi Goto
- Mark Linimon
- Julien Laffaye
- Giovanni Trematerra
- Brooks Davis
- Thomas Abthorpe
- Warren Block
- Davide Italiano
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 2012
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.
Indiana LinuxFest (ILF)
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.
- Maintaining your own PBI package repository
- IPv6 Tutorial
- An Overview of Locking in the FreeBSD Kernel
- BSD Multiplicity
- auditdistd – Secure and reliable distribution of audit trail files
- FreeBSD on Microsoft Hyper-v
- Crowdsourcing security
- Bullet Cache
- pfSense 2.1: IPv6 and more
- Fast reboots with kload
- Intro to DNSSEC
- Virtually-Networked FreeBSD Jails
- FreeBSD Unified Deployment and Configuration Management
- Building a FreeBSD based Virtual Appliance
- High speed packet I/O: challenges and solutions.
- Optimizing ZFS for Block Storage
- FreeBSD on Freescale QorIQ Data Path Acceleration Architecture Devices
- Overview of Amazon Web Services
- Solaris Boot Environments for FreeBSD
Hopefully all these representations will be video recorded and made available who cannot attend.
NLUUG’s Spring conference
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.
Open Source Days 2012
Report from AsiaBSDCon
BSD networking (MP3)