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. Congratulations!
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.