In the last couple of days some interviews have been published with different people who are involved in the development of FreeBSD:
Enjoy, and let’s all spread the FreeBSD’s fame.
It was announced last month that iXsystems will be hosting the 20 year FreeBSD Anniversary Celebrations, but now we have more details.
20 years ago, Nate Williams, Rod Grimes, and Jordan Hubbard came together to turn their 386BSD patchkit into something greater. David Greenman gave their combined efforts a name.
Today, FreeBSD is the stable, powerful operating system they dreamed of and people all around the world come together to make it better every day.
In honour of its users, administrators, developers, and advocates, iXsystems invites you to FreeBSD’s 20th Anniversary Celebration being held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco! Festivities will begin at 6 pm, during which time we’ll have exclusive access to the upstairs area of the club. At 9 pm doors will be opened to the public, who will join us as we celebrate into the wee hours of the morning.
There will be drinks, music, and great company. Sponsors of the event include iXsystems, Netflix, Google, NetApp, and the FreeBSD Foundation. There will also be a raffle with giveaways from O’Reilly Media and No Starch Press, among others.
We hope you’ll join us for an evening of revelry and merriment on November 2nd! Please RSVP at http://www.freebsdparty.com by Friday, October 18th if you plan to attend this historic event.
When: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, 6PM-2AM PST
Where: DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA, USA
This newsletter give a nice overview of what projects the Foundation has been supporting and what direction the FreeBSD project is moving at.
The FreeBSD Foundation sponsors regularly people to attend FreeBSD related conferences, who will then afterwards write up a report about their experience.
Read the Eitan’s trip report: BSDCan Trip Report by Eitan Adler
The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce Ed Maste‘s new role as the Foundation’s part-time Director of Project Development. Ed has served on the Foundation’s board for two years, and has stepped down in order to accept this new position.
In this position Ed will manage the Foundation’s sponsored work, including projects funded under specific grants, operational support and project development undertaken by the Foundation’s permanent technical staff.
Working with the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Ed will identify and document specific areas of future project work interest. This roadmap planning will include coordination with FreeBSD consumers and the FreeBSD community.
“2012 represented an inflection point in the Foundation’s history. The Foundation has a stated goal of investing in permanent staff through 2013. With Ed taking on this new position I’m excited by the Foundation’s increased capacity to manage our project development and operational support.”
said Justin T. Gibbs, President of the FreeBSD Foundation.
Ed has over ten years of experience in companies building products on FreeBSD, in both technical and managerial roles. He resides in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. (via)
FreeBSD developer Marshall McKusick has been speaking to iTWire. They talk about last year’s donations, newly hired staff and what else can be expected from the FreeBSD Foundation this year.
The FreeBSD Foundation was so successful in raising funds last year that it has been able to considerably expand its activities.
FreeBSD is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in providing a high-performance, secure, and stable operating system. Our mission is to continue and increase our support and funding to keep FreeBSD at the forefront of operating system technology. But, we can’t do this without your help!
Last year with your generosity, we raised over $770,000. This allowed us to not only achieve our goal, but to exceed it by over $250,000.
This year, with your help, we will do more.
This year we will double the amount we spend.
This year we will invest $1,000,000 to support and promote FreeBSD.
What will the Foundation accomplish with your donation in 2013?
- Spend almost $600,000 on software development projects for FreeBSD.
- Support the Release Engineering and Security teams with paid staff time.
- Grow to five technical staff members by year-end.
- Support BSD conferences around the globe, in Europe, Japan, Canada, and the USA.
- Spend over $130,000 on hardware to maintain and improve FreeBSD project infrastructure.
- Grow the FreeBSD community through marketing and outreach to users and businesses.
- Protect the FreeBSD trademarks and provide the project with access to legal counsel.
We have kicked off the new year with 3 newly funded projects, and are actively soliciting additional project proposals now. We’ve added one new technical staff member and are in the process of adding more.
Please support the Foundation during our Spring Fundraising Drive, and help us raise $100,000 from 1000 donors between April 16th and May 30th.
We can’t do this without you! Just go to http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate to make your donation. Then talk to your employer to either match your gift or to make their own donation.
Thank you for your support!
The FreeBSD Foundation has announced that Pawel Jakub Dawidek has been awarded a development grant to further improve the Capsicum framework. The grant is jointly funded by Google’s Open Source Programs Office.
The project includes the integration of previous work, implementation of new programmer-friendly capability system calls, improvements to the Casper Capsicum service daemon, and sandboxing various security-sensitive applications.
“My previous Capsicum work focused on improving the framework itself to make it a better fit for real world applications. This new project will make use of the improved Capsicum to secure sensitive programs and libraries found in FreeBSD. The project will also produce many examples for others to follow, allowing them to take advantage of Capsicum to improve the security of their programs,”
Ben Laurie, of Google’s security team, added that
“traditional operating system security is based on Access Control Lists (ACLs). Decades of experience has made it quite clear this is the wrong model – but how can we move to a better way without having to rebuild everything? Capsicum shows that it is possible to migrate gradually from the broken ACL world to a more robust capability based world. We are pleased to be involved in the next step of its evolution.”
The project is expected to be completed by June 2013.
Source: FreeBSD Announce Mailinglist
The FreeBSD Foundation annually (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) asks the FreeBSD (developers) community for any project proposals that they’d like to work on, and, this is the interesting part, get funding for from the Foundation.
The Foundation has invited the Community again this year:
The FreeBSD Foundation is soliciting the submission of project
proposals for funded development grants. Proposals may be related to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system, and will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit, and cost-effectiveness.
Key dates for this proposal solicitation:
- Call for proposals: 27th March 2013
- Deadline for submissions: 26th April 2013
- Notifcation of accepted proposals: 17th May 2013
Proposals must include the following:
* A detailed description of what is being proposed, how it will
benefit the FreeBSD Project, and why the work is needed.
* A timeline and costing for the project.
* One or more people that will act as technical reviewers for the work.
Proposals are open to all developers, including non-FreeBSD
committers, but developers without access to commit to the source tree must provide details about how the completion guidelines will be achieved. (source)
All details on the proposal submission process can be found on the Project Proposal Procedures page.
Konstantin has been a FreeBSD committer since 2006, and he recently implemented support for current-generation Intel graphics controllers under contract to the FreeBSD Foundation. This new position will allow him to spend his full working time on supporting and improving FreeBSD.
Konstantin’s first project brings support for unmapped I/O to FreeBSD. The unmapped I/O project improves performance by avoiding mapping buffers in the buffer cache, significantly reducing overhead on multi-processor systems. The project builds on foundational work to unify machine-dependent parts of the busdma interface, recently contributed by Jeff Robertson at EMC’s Isilon Storage Division. EMC became a FreeBSD foundation donor in 2012.
Netflix, another new Foundation donor for 2012, is already making use of this project.
“Netflix partnered closely with Konstantin to provide design input and testing resources for the unmapped I/O project. The work helped us realize an immediate 25% increase in system performance on production workloads. It underscores the immense value of collaborating and investing in the open source community and FreeBSD in particular,”
said Scott Long, Senior Software Engineer at Netflix.
Konstantin has also been working with the release engineering team since 2008 and his new role with the Foundation will allow him to focus more time on the tools and process used to make FreeBSD releases. (via)