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

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!

Original: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/07/freebsd-foundation-welcomes-new-board.html

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:

Original: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/05/another-data-center-site-visit-nyi.html

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 FreeBSD.org 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!
Deb
View the FreeBSD Foundation May 2015 Update: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/press/2015mayupdate.pdf

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: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/03/15th-anniversary-and-spring-fundraising.html

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!

Deb

View the PDF here: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/press/2015febupdate.pdf

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
audience.

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

Donate to the FreeBSD Foundation

The folks at pfSense, an open-source firewall distribution, have requested that users donate directly to the FreeBSD Foundation. Donations to the foundation will directly benefit pfSense, as pfSense is built on FreeBSD itself.

The FreeBSD FoupfSensendation has recently asked me to write an endorsement for FreeBSD.  I’ve done so (as Netgate, but prominently mentioning the pfSense project) and it will probably appear soon, but part of that endorsement had to do with donations.

It’s likely obvious by now that we’ve donated to the FreeBSD Foundation again this year.  We get a lot from FreeBSD, and we feel the need to give back to the FreeBSD project in many ways.  It should also be obvious that, while the pfSense project used to take donations, we no longer do.   Indeed, while similar projects ask for donations, we instead ask that, if you are inclined to donate to pfSense, that you instead donate to the FreeBSD Foundation.  For 14 years, the FreeBSD Foundation has been providing funding and support for the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. They are fully funded by donations from people like you as well as organizations such as: VMware, NetApp, Tarsnap, Cavium, Xinuos, Netgate and others.

The reasons for this decision are too long to list here, but the most prominent reason is that we believe that your donation is better  directed at FreeBSD.  Your support of the FreeBSD Foundation advances FreeBSD so that it is a perfect research and development platform, and pfSense benefits directly from these advances.  By donating to the foundation, you are helping fund and manage projects, sponsor FreeBSD events, and provide travel grants to FreeBSD developers. You are also helping the FreeBSD Foundation represent the Project in executing contracts, license agreements, copyrights, trademarks, and other legal arrangements that require a recognized legal entity.  I know that we have leveraged the Foundation in several matters that fall under this last bit.

Of additional benefit, if you are in the US, the FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.   US-based donations should be fully tax-deductible on your federal return.

Thank you for your support.

Original post: https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1579

FreeBSD Foundation January 2015 Update

FreeBSD foundation logoThis month’s update from the FreeBSD Foundation includes development updates, conference updates, stories from developers, as well as 2015’s fundraising goal.

 

Dear FreeBSD Community Member,

January is that exciting time of year where everything feels new again. It radiates with opportunities and allows us to embark on plans to make this year the best one yet. Here at the Foundation, we are using that energy to get a running start in a number of areas. Our Project Updates continue to show great progress in key areas such as arm64. We’ve kicked off our 2015 fundraising campaign(our most ambitious to date) and we’re launching a new series of articles. Plus, our conference calendar is quickly filing up and includes more new events.  2015 is shaping up to be an awesome year for the Foundation and FreeBSD Community. We can’t wait to show you what’s in store.  Until then, take a minute and check out all that’s happened since our last update.
Happy New Year!
Deb

Read the full announcement here: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/press/2015janupdate.pdf

The FreeBSD Foundation December 2014 Newsletter

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Welcome to our December 2014 Semi-Annual Newsletter!

As 2014 comes to an end, we wanted to share with you what we did this year to support the FreeBSD Project and community.

In this issue, you’ll get a summary of all the FreeBSD development work we’ve supported; highlights of all the conferences that we sponsored and attended; plans for the FreeBSD Journal in 2015; another great testimonial from a commercial user; and our Q1-Q3 financial reports. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite part of our semi-annual newsletter, the insightful and always inspirational letter from our president and founder, Justin Gibbs.

Sit back, grab something to snack on, and get ready to be inspired by what people are doing to make this a better world.

Deb Goodkin
Executive Director
The FreeBSD Foundation

Read the full post here: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/press/2014dec-newsletter.html