FreeBSD Foundation @ Grace Hopper Conference 2015

The FreeBSD Foundation sponsored Shonali Balakrishna, a masters student from the University of Irvine, California, to attend the annual Grace Hopper Conference.

The 2015 Grace Hopper Conference was held in Houston, TX, October 14-16. The conference is for women in computing and most of the attendees were female computer science majors, female software developers, and college professors. A few men that attended as well, but of the 12,000 attendees, the majority were women.

FreeBSD Foundation – EuroBSDCon 2015 Recap The FreeBSD Foundation summarized their recent experience at EuroBSDCon 2015 held in Stockholm, Sweden on October 3 & 4, 2015. Congratulations to Dr. Colin Percival, Michael Dexter, Shteryana Shopova, Allan Jude, and Paul Shenkeveld for being recognized for their great contributions to the BSD community.


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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