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)
Following the successful 2012 Year-End Fundraising Campaign the FreeBSD Foundation has announced that Semihalf, an embedded solutions company, has been awarded a grant to develop transparent superpages support for the FreeBSD/ARM architecture. Semihalf is co-sponsoring the project with the Foundation.
The ARM architecture is already common in the mobile and embedded markets, and is becoming more prevalent in the server market. Among the more interesting industry trends emerging recently is the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, which is an “ARM server” concept. Many top tier companies have started developing systems or are announcing products with this architecture.
One of the features needed for FreeBSD to be successful in this area is transparent super pages. This provides improved performance and scalability by allowing TLB translations to dynamically cover large physical memory regions.
The project is expected to complete in mid July 2013.
Happy 2013 to all regular readers and the occasional visitor. It’s been a while since this site was updated, but this was due to work and holidays.
Hopefully we’ll see FreeBSD 10 released this year and the use of FreeBSD increased.
Followers of the FreeBSD Central Google+ page will have had regular updates over the last few weeks. Please subscribe to that page and stay even more up-to-date with all that’s happening the FreeBSD Community.
In case you missed it, there have been some releases and the FreeBSD Foundation successfully completed its fund raising drive.
- Faces of FreeBSD – Dan Langille [FreeBSD Foundation]
- Faces of FreeBSD – Thomas Abthorpe [FreeBSD Foundation]
- Thank You for Helping Us Exceed Our Fundraising Goal! [FreeBSD Foundation]
- The FreeBSD Foundation’s 2012 End-of-Year Newsletter [FreeBSD Foundation]
- FreeBSD releases 9.1 and blows through fundraising target [The H]
- FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE Announcement [FreeBSD]
- The PC-BSD Team announces the availablilty of PC-BSD 9.1 [PC-BSD Blog]
- pfSense 2.0.2 release Now Available [pfSense Blog]
- FreeNAS 8.3.1 Beta 1 is available [FreeNAS Blog]
- EuroBSDCon 2012 presentations available online [Youtube]
- FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE now available on all VPS and Dedicated Server packages [RootBSD]
- FreeBSD 10 news [ivoras]
- Other interesting links can be found on the FreeBSD Central Google+ page
This is a selection of short but news worthy selection of links:
- A FreeBSD load balancing expert is needed (elance)
- Will the FreeBSD Foundation hit its 500k funding goal?
- Faces of FreeBSD – Alberto Mijares. The FreeBSD Foundation has started a series featuring FreeBSD developers. Alberto Mijares is the first.
- FreeBSD 9.1 ports freeze is over.
- The grinch that delayed FreeBSD 9.1.
- FreeBSD 9 – Powerful and Highly Available Storage
- FreeBSD 9 – Ready for Networking Challenges
- FreeBSD 9 – Security Innovation Continues
- FreeBSD 9 – Packed with Features for Every Need
You can download the flyer here. Fee free to share online and spread offline.
So far, the Foundation has raised $256,532 of their $500,000 goal for 2012. Raised funds are used to sponsor projects which add features to the operating system, fund developers to attend DevSummits and conferences, and keep the FreeBSD hardware and web infrastructure going.
If you appreciate the work FreeBSD developers and the FreeBSD Foundation are doing, why not consider making a donation?
Both use the Freescale i.MX515, an ARM Cortex-A8 System-on-Chip (SoC). These low power devices will provide convenient reference platforms for FreeBSD on ARM, as they are low-cost complete systems. The Smartbook includes a 10″ display, 3G connectivity and a battery life of 6 to 8 hours for $199.
When this project is completed, it will be possible to run X11 applications on FreeBSD on the Efika, with full support for sound and networking. It will also make it much easier to support other devices, such as some Android tablets, that ship with the i.MX515 SoC.
This project will be completed by the end of 2012.
Efika is a line of power efficient ARM architecture and Power Architecture based computers manufactured by Genesi. In Esperanto efika means “efficacious, effective, or efficient” (wikipedia).