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

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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

FreeBSD Foundation 2014 Year-End Fundraising Appeal

logo_freebsdfoundationDear FreeBSD community,
 
I’m writing to you today because I know you are passionate about FreeBSD. You care that it’s innovative, secure, stable, reliable, well engineered and documented, and loved.
 
For 14 years, the FreeBSD Foundation has been providing funding and support for the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. We are fully funded by donations from people like you. That’s why I’m excited to tell you that we’ve kicked off our year-end fundraising campaign!
 
This has been an exciting time for the Foundation and FreeBSD community. As you may have heard, we kicked off this fundraiser with the largest donation we’ve ever received. Whether you are a developer, writer, advocate, organizer, user, or investor, this donation is a positive reflection on the work you are doing for FreeBSD…..

Read the rest of the announcement from Deb Goodkin here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/12/freebsd-foundation-2014-year-end.html

64-bit ARM architecture project update

logo_freebsdfoundationIn this month’s project update we will take a look at the ongoing FreeBSD 64-bit ARM port. AArch64 is the official name for the 64-bit ARM architecture, but it is also known as ARMv8 and arm64. The 64-bit ARM architecture is expected to find use in traditional server markets, in contrast to the embedded and mobile markets where 32-bit ARM is widely adopted.

The FreeBSD Foundation is collaborating with ARM, Cavium, Semihalf and Andrew Turner to port FreeBSD to arm64. Cavium is contributing directly to the Foundation, supplying engineering expertise and hardware for the development community. Cavium’s ThunderX platform provides a great match for FreeBSD’s strength as a server operating system, and it supports up to 48 cores in a single package. ThunderX will be the initial reference target for this project, but ports to other arm64 platforms are expected later on.

Read the full announcement here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/11/64-bit-arm-architecture-project-update.html

WhatsApp donates 1 Million Dollars to the FreeBSD Foundation

logo_freebsdfoundationJam Koum, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp–a company well known to deploy FreeBSD on their servers, has recently made a very generous donation of $1,000,000 to the FreeBSD Foundation. This means that their 2014 fundraising goal of $1,000,000 has been surpassed. Congratulations!

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A Message from Jan Koum:

Last week, I donated one million dollars to the FreeBSD Foundation, which supports the open source operating system that has helped millions of programmers pursue their passions and bring their ideas to life.
I’m actually one of those people. I started using FreeBSD in the late 90s, when I didn’t have much money and was living in government housing. In a way, FreeBSD helped lift me out of poverty – one of the main reasons I got a job at Yahoo! is because they were using FreeBSD, and it was my operating system of choice. Years later, when Brian and I set out to build WhatsApp, we used FreeBSD to keep our servers running. We still do.
I’m announcing this donation to shine a light on the good work being done by the FreeBSD Foundation, with the hope that others will also help move this project forward. We’ll all benefit if FreeBSD can continue to give people the same opportunity it gave me – if it can lift more immigrant kids out of poverty, and help more startups build something successful, and even transformative.
 –Jan Koum

Official blog post: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/11/freebsd-foundation-announces-generous.html

FreeBSD Foundation: Travel Grants for MeetBSD CA 2014

logo_freebsdfoundationCalling all FreeBSD developers needing assistance with travel expenses to MeetBSD California 2014.

The FreeBSD Foundation will be providing a limited number of travel grants to individuals requesting assistance. Please fill out and submit the Travel Grant Request Application at http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/documents/TravelRequestForm.pdf by October 20, 2014 to apply for this grant.

How it works:

This program is open to FreeBSD developers of all sorts (kernel hackers, documentation authors, bugbusters, system administrators, etc). In some cases we are also able to fund non-developers, such as active community members and FreeBSD advocates.

For more information head on over to the following link: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/announcements#meetbsd2014