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.
The Foundation updated its blog today to say the project is now completed.
You’ve already seen or at least heard about ARM systems running FreeBSD. In most cases it’s routers, firewalls, network storage, etc. Why doesn’t anyone use FreeBSD on an ARM based desktop or laptop? It is because no one had implemented Xorg support for boards supported by FreeBSD. Now you have a way to do just that!
I’m glad to introduce an Xorg driver for ARM, and not only ARM but for syscons framebuffer devices. It’s called xf86-video-scfb. The driver is very simple, and has been tested and works on the Efika MX and Raspberry Pi devices. I hope it w ll work with other devices, including those not based on ARM.
The FreeBSD developers have announced the availability of the first BETA build for the FreeBSD-8.4 release . ISO images for the amd64, i386 and pc98 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.
Since the stable/8 branch is relatively mature we hope there will only be one BETA build for this release cycle. If testing does not turn up any show-stopper caliber problems the next test build will be RC1.
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)
You can read amongst others about progress on the bhyve type-2 hypervisor, AMD GPUs kernel-mode setting, UEFI and the port to Raspberry Pi.
Juraj Sipos has announced the release of MaheshaBSD Server 2.0. This version comes with WordPress running on a USB memory stick.
This is the only distro in the World with WordPress running immediately without any installation process. Many poor people will have a quick FTP server with WordPress and they may open it also to the world.
Some brief notes on this release:
- With phpMyAdmin installed in MaheshaBSD Server many tasks with MySQL will be easy as a breeze.
- phpMyAdmin runs also remotely via TightVNC.
- The USB image is writable.
- MaheshaBSD Server has an educational purpose, too. It is also a social project. Many people in the Third World need money for education and many institutions fail to provide the valuable infrastructure (software, paying for development of software, etc.).
- The SERVER was tested over the Internet;
- tightvnc worked,
- WordPress worked.
MaheshaBSD Server can be downloaded and used for free by individuals; companies are expected to donate to the project:
The price is 200/150/100/50/25, but only for institutions; it is free for personal use. Institutions may choose any price, thus the software will be valuable also for institutions in very poor countries. Anybody can write and use it for free.
Thanks Juraj for the heads up. I will be testing this release over the next few days and will give you feedback.
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.