FreeBSD in 2007 – a review

2007 is over. It was a very successful year for open source software and another 12 interesting months have passed for FreeBSD. In this post I want to look back at 2007 and see how FreeBSD faired, what happened in “FreeBSD land” and how FreeBSD based operating systems have developed. This post will be a sort of summary of the messages I posted during 2007.

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We’ll be looking at:

Start of this blog

Around April last year I was toying with the idea of starting a FreeBSD related news blog with the view to raise more awareness of FreeBSD and show it’s a perfect alternative to Linux. My first post was on 17 May 2007 and since then visitor numbers have rapidly gone up and feedback from visitors indicates that there’s definitely interest in such a blog. With the continuing growth of my WordPress.com hosted blog, I wanted to get some more flexibility and the ability to install plugins and scripts. Hence my move to Bluehost/FreeBSDOS (BTW, if you’re looking for cheap and reliable webhosting, I can really recommend them).

FreeBSD in 2007

FreeBSD LogoUnfortunately 2007 didn’t see the final release of FreeBSD 7.0; just 4 beta’s and a RC1. Well, maybe not “unfortunately”, because a top-quality product is better than a rushed-out flaky one that needs to be fixed and patched soon after its release. FreeBSD 7.0 incorporates some new and exciting technologies which will put this version a-par with, if not ahead of, Linux. Exciting stuff.

The FreeBSD Foundation have issued their quarterly newsletters (Q2, Q3, Q4), keeping the world up-to-date with the latest developments and news. The Foundation received a lot of coverage online and in the blogosphere with their Absolute FreeBSD book auction and their fund raising drive. The 2007 fundraising goal was $250.000, but a total of $403,511 was achieved. Well done.

There are already a couple of Linux related magazines for sale in stores, but BSD magazines aren’t available currently. “An interesting opportunity“, Software Media LLC/LP Magazine must have thought. They will issue first issue at the beginning of Q2 2008 and will contain an article by Dru Lavigne and Jan Stedehouder (Jan used and reviewed both PC-BSD and DesktopBSD for a month in his PC-BSB: the first 30 days and DesktopBSD: the first 30 days series).

Conference-wise, the ‘normal’ BSD conferences (BSDCan, EuroBSD, MeetBSD) were held, with a new one in Turkey (BSDConTR).
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FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Q4/2007)

There’s a new issue of the FreeBSD Foundation newsletter (Q4)/

The innovation of the past lives on in FreeBSD. From SMP and network scalability to innovations in security APIs and wireless networking, the technology of FreeBSD is making an impact on our world. What future piece of BSD technology will help foster a new public commodity like the Internet? I can’t say, but the past shows us that investing in open source OS development and its commercial use pays large dividends. The two testimonials in this newsletter from Isilon and Network Appliance show this process at work.

In this issue:

  • Letter From the Vice President
  • End-of-Year Fundraising Drive
  • Foundation Mailing List
  • First Copy of Absolute FreeBSD Auction
  • FreeBSD Testimonial from Isilon Systems
  • FreeBSD Testimonial from NetApp
  • Improving the Hardware Performance Counter Support Project
  • EuroBSDCon 2007
  • 2007 Grant and Travel Grant Recipients
  • Financials

FreeBSD Fundraising

FreeBSD Foundeation logoThe FreeBSD Foundation is kicking off the End-of-Year Fund Raising Drive! The FreeBSD Project is not a company and to keep functioning it is dependent upon financial support from users and supporters. So far, $221,808 has been raised – short of the $250,000 target for this year. To find out what the money is used for please check the homepage.

Please contribute to keep FreeBSD free. Click here to donate (any amount will help).

Absolute FreeBSD – Auction

Absolute BSDThe FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce the kicking off of the 2007 Fall Fundraising campaign by auctioning off the first copy of the book Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition. You can be the first one to own this book, while helping the FreeBSD Project and community. This book was generously donated by Michael Lucas, the author, and he will include a signed authentic laser-printed Certificate of Authenticity, and a signed bookplate.To bid on this phenomenal guide to FreeBSD go to: ebay.com.

All proceeds will go to the Foundation. If you’re not interested in bidding on the book you can still support the FreeBSD Foundation by donating.

Source

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Q3/2007)

This report covers FreeBSD related projects between July and October 2007. The sixth EuroBSDCon was held in Denmark in September. The Google Summer of Code project came to a close and lots of participants are working getting their code merged back into FreeBSD. (link to FBSD update on GSoC here).

The bugs in the FreeBSD HEAD branch are being shaked out and it is being prepared for the FreeBSD 7 branching. If your are curious about what’s new in FreeBSD 7.0 we suggest reading Ivan Voras’ excellent summary here .

Thanks to all the reporters for the excellent work! We hope you enjoy reading.

Read the whole report here

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Q2/2007)

FreeBSD Logo (big)If you’re interested in what’s happening with FreeBSD at the moment and especially the technical side of the project, you should have a quick read through the FreeBSD Quaterly Status Report (compiled by Max Laier).

This report covers FreeBSD related projects between April and June 2007. Again an exciting quarter for FreeBSD. In May we saw one of the biggest developers summits to date at BSDCan , our 25 Google Summer of Code students started working on their projects – progress reports are available below, and finally the 7.0 release cycle was started three
weeks ago.

Some highlights:

  • SCHED_ULE/SMP
  • KVM
  • finstall
  • Multiprocessor Network Stack
  • ZFS
  • Xen
  • OpenBSD Hardware Monitors

Read the whole report here.