FreeBSD Foundation September 2015 Update

Deb Goodkin, Executive Director of the FreeBSD Foundation, has released their September 2015 newsletter update. Follow the link to read more on development updates, conference recaps, and fundraising goals.

Dear FreeBSD Community Member,

September not only brings the start of autumn, but also marks the beginning of one of the busiest periods on the Foundation calendar. From sponsoring
and attending a number of new events, to kicking off our new middle school FreeBSD class and reaching a milestone with the FreeBSD Journal, it’s been a big month. Plus, that’s just the beginning of what we have in store for Fall 2015. Please take a minute to read up on what we’ve been up to and thank you for all you do to support the Foundation and the Project.



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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FreeBSD Foundation July 2015 Update

FBSDF15-yearsThe FreeBSD Foundation has released their July newsletter. This one talks about OSCon 2015, SNIA Storage Developer Conference, fundraising goals, as well as development project updates. Follow the link to read the full story.

Full report:

Message from the Executive Director

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is half­way over. July has been a very productive month here at the Foundation. Not only have there been new developments in Foundation sponsored projects, but we have successfully promoted and recruited for the Project at OSCON 2015. We also continued making progress on our initiative to bring more women into the FreeBSD Community,  and have branched out into new partnerships. I’m excited to see what the end of summer has in store for the Foundation and I hope you are too. In the meantime, take a look at what we’ve been up to during this past month.


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.


FreeBSD Foundation Welcomes New Board Member – Benedict Reuschling

The FreeBSD Foundation has recently been joined by Benedict Reuschling to the Board of Directors. Mr. Reuschling has been a committer since 2010, and has been involved in the BSD Certification Group. Also, if you have not noticed, the FreeBSD Foundation website’s banner pays tribute to their 15 years of service to the community. FBSDF15-yearsCongratulations!


During BSDCan, the FreeBSD Foundation welcomed Benedict Reuschling to the Board of Directors.

We sat down with Benedict to find out more about his background and what brought him to the Foundation. Please take a moment to see what he has to say and join us in welcoming him to the board!

Tell us a little about yourself, and how you got involved with FreeBSD?

I’ve been a FreeBSD user since 5.2.1-RELEASE and became a committer for the doc tree in 2010. I’m also a proctor for the BSD Certification Group.

During my undergraduate studies in computer science, I tried out many different Linux distributions. One day, I came across a FreeBSD Live-CD called FreeSBIE. I booted it and was intrigued by how quickly one could switch between terminals on the command line, whereas in all previous distros I saw, this had a noticeable delay. My thought was that if it is already faster on a Live-CD, how would it be when I actually install the system? So, I tried it on my desktop at home in a dual boot setup together with the Linux distro that I had been using. I learned more about FreeBSD by devouring the FreeBSD handbook, blog posts and lurking on mailing lists.

After a while, I realized that I had spent more time in the FreeBSD system than in my Linux partition. So, I decided one day to install FreeBSD as my only operating system and it has been with me ever since. Though I was a FreeBSD user now, I still was not interacting with the FreeBSD community.

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Another Data Center Site Visit – NYI

Glen Barber at the FreeBSD Foundation made a visit to New York Internet data center, which houses some FreeBSD servers. Follow them along on their journey through the internet’s closets:


No Systems Administrators Were Harmed While Writing This Blog Entry

Mmm…  Freshly-unboxed servers.  There really is nothing better to wake up to in the morning.

Well, okay, coffee.  But new servers – definitely second.

In late April, the FreeBSD Foundation generously purchased more machines to keep the infrastructure operating smoothly.  While the new servers are not yet in production (a task the Cluster Administrators will undertake while at BSDCan in June), we have planned far in advance what we intend to do with the new hardware.

In mid-May, I spent several days at our East-Coast US colocation facility, racking, cabling, installing, and configuring the new servers.

As They Say in Real-Estate: Colocation, Colocation, Colocation

The new hardware is located at New York Internet in Bridgewater, New Jersey, who generously provides colocation services to the FreeBSD Project.  They have an amazing staff, and whether we are on-site or working with them through their ticket system, are always friendly, knowledgeable, and of course, helpful.

New Hardware Specs

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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:

15th Anniversary and Spring Fundraising Kickoff

The FreeBSD Foundation is celebrating 15 years of supporting the FreeBSD Project. Congratulations!! In this blog they discuss their Spring fundraising initiatives. Make a donation today and help keep FreeBSD alive.

Original post:

FreeBSD Foundation

I’m so excited to announce our spring fundraising campaign. I know it’s not officially spring yet, but it sure feels like it here at Foundation headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. We’re kicking off our fundraising campaign in conjunction with some other exciting events. There’s so much to celebrate. First, we are proud to be a Platinum sponsor of AsiaBSDCon. This is the tenth AsiaBSDCon, with over 140 attendees planned, and 31 talks, providing a venue for all things BSD in Asia. People from around the world attend this conference to learn about the BSD operating systems, share their knowledge and experience, and work together to develop, hack, fix, improve, and document the various BSD operating systems.

FreeBSD Foundation February 2015 Update

freebsdfoundationThe FreeBSD Foundation’s February update consists of information on PCI Express Hot­Plug Project, FreeBSD on POWER8, FOSDEM ’15, an #InstallFreeBSD event, as well as fundraising updates.

As February comes to a close, I’m excited, not only because spring is
near, but because the Foundation has so many great things in the works
right now. From excellent progress on projects we’re supporting to
promoting FreeBSD at conferences, we’re working at full speed towards
meeting our 2015 goals. Be sure to check out the next installment of our
“From the Trenches” series and take time to find out how to get involved
in the upcoming #installFreeBSD fests. Each month, the support and
ideas that come from you, the FreeBSD community, remind me why we
work so hard to support such a vibrant and thriving community. Thank
you for all you do, and enjoy our latest update!


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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: