FreeBSD Foundation Accepting Travel Grant Applications (EuroBSDCon 2014)

logo_freebsdfoundation For FreeBSD developers interested in attending EuroBSDCon 2014, the FreeBSD Foundation is currently taking applications for travel grants.

The FreeBSD Foundation will be providing a limited number of travel grants to individuals requesting assistance. Please fill out and submit the Travel Grant Request Application at http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/documents/TravelRequestForm.pdf by August 15th, 2014 to apply for this grant.

How it works:

This program is open to FreeBSD developers of all sorts (kernel hackers, documentation authors, bugbusters, system administrators, etc). In some cases we are also able to fund non-developers, such as active community members and FreeBSD advocates.

(1) You request funding based on a realistic and economical estimate of travel costs (economy airfare, trainfare, …), accommodations (conference hotel and sharing a room), and registration or tutorial fees. If there are other sponsors willing to cover costs, such as your employer or the conference, we prefer you talk to them first, as our budget is limited. We are happy to split costs with you or another sponsor, such as just covering airfare or board.

*If you are a speaker at the conference, we expect the conference to cover your travel costs, and will most likely not approve your direct request to us. *

(2) We review your application and if approved, authorize you to seek reimbursement up to a limit. We consider several factors, including our overall and per-event budgets, and (quite importantly) the benefit to the community by funding your travel.

Most rejected applications are rejected because of an over-all limit on travel budget for the event or year, due to unrealistic or uneconomical costing, or because there is an unclear or unconvincing argument that funding the applicant will directly benefit the FreeBSD Project. Please take these points into consideration when writing your application.

(3) We reimburse costs based on actuals (receipts), and by check or bank transfer. And, we do not cover your costs if you end up having to cancel your trip. We require you to submit a report on your trip, which we may show to current or potential sponsors, post on our blog, and include in our semi-annual newsletter.

There’s some flexibility in the mechanism, so talk to us if something about the model doesn’t quite work for you or if you have any questions. The travel grant program is one of the most effective ways we can spend money to help support the FreeBSD Project, as it helps developers get together in the same place at the same time, and helps advertise and advocate FreeBSD in the larger community.

For more information, check out the official announcement here: https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-announce/2014-July/001577.html

BSDCan 2014 videos available

The folks at BSDNow have shared a list of talks given at BSDCan 2014. All videos have been made available on YouTube below:

Check out the official post from BSDNow here: http://www.bsdnow.tv/episodes/2014_05_28-the_friendly_sandbox

EuroBSDCon call for papers

bsd2008logoEuroBSDCon, hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 25-28, is still accepting applications for talk/presentation and tutorial proposals. The deadline is now June 2, 2014.

EuroBSDcon is the European technical conference for users and developers of BSD-based systems. The conference will take place September 25 to 28 at InterExpo Congress Center in Sofia (see http://iec.bg/en/). Tutorials will be held on Thursday and Friday, while the shorter talks and papers program is on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on how to apply, check out the official page here: http://2014.eurobsdcon.org/calendar/call-for-papers/

NYCBSDCon 2014 BSD Breaking Barriers

What makes the BSD operating systems special? Why should you deploy your applications on BSD? Why does the BSD community keep growing, and why do Linux sites like DistroWatch say that BSD is where the interesting development work is happening? We’ll cover the not-so-obvious reasons why BSD still stands tall after almost 40 years.

This is Michael Lucas’ talk at NYCBSDCon 2014

ZFS 101 (aka ZFS is cool and why you should be using it)

ZFSDru Lavigne, who does an excellent job writing FreeNAS and PC-BSD documentation, has done a presentation at SCALE 2014 expo (23 Feb) on the ZFS filesystem.

She goes into the different ZFS features such as software RAID, the ability to self-heal data corruption, copy-on-write, low-overhead snapshots, support for multiple boot environments, and many more cool things ZFS can do for you. The last part of the presentation is about how these technologies are utilised in FreeNAS and PC-BSD..

The slides of the presentation can be viewed on Slideshare: ZFS 101

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NYCBSDCon 2014 and FreeBSD Journal

nycbsdconNYCBSDCon is a bi-annual, one-day conference in New York organised by the NYCBUG BSD users group, with the theme of “The BSDs in Production.” The focus of the presentations is on the critical roles the BSDs do and can play in infrastructures.

Some may think the BSDs are slowly dying, but presentations given at this conference show quite the opposite. It’s interesting to see what Netflix has achieved with FreeBSD!

Last Saturday (8 Feb) NYCBSDCon 2014 took place, which according to the “My NCYBSDCon Trip” write-up by Justin Sherill (DragonFlyBSD), was a successful event.

It was nice the talks were broadcast live, and hopefully these will be published later.

The FreeBSD Journal was also announced by the FreeBSD Foundation last Saturday, and some paper issues (the only ones ever) handed out. The only way to get the Journal from now on is electronically via Google Play, Amazon Kindle or Apple iTunes.

I think the FreeBSD Journal website could do with an update to make this clearer, explain what the Journal is about, how to get it, and to take away some confusion. There has been a lot of useful information in recent interviews (BSD Now Episode 22, BSD Talk 237), but nothing of this is on the website (yet).

If I come across any pictures or other write-ups, I’ll share them here.

The Daemon and the Penguin, FreeNAS labels, pfSense, PC-BSD updates

Freebsd newsWelcome to the latest (Free)BSD news round-up in which we have a mix of news snippets and links. Just a round-up of those miscellaneous (Free)BSD related links that are news worthy and which you may find hopefully interesting, but are yet too small to package as individual posts.

Some of the links below have already appeared in our Google Plus +FreeBSD Central and Twitter feeds.

PC-BSD 10.0-RC5 Now Available
This will likely be our LAST RC before issuing the 10.0-FINAL release in a week or so.
PC-BSD Blog – 23 Jan 2014

New pfSense website
The pfSense project has a new website

pfSense 2.1.1-PRERELEASE Snapshots available
For those who are inclined to try such things, 2.1.1-PRERELEASE snapshots are up for testing at snapshots.pfsense.org. New features and changes.

Amazon supporting FreeBSD Foundation
When you shop at Amazon through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1545163, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the FreeBSD Foundation.

FOSDEM 2014 BSD program
The program for the BSD devroom at #FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels is now available.

FreeBSD Programming Primer
BSD Mag has an issue with 12 tutorials on how to develop a Content Management System (CMS) which will run under an AMP stack on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Linux. In this series Rob Somerville looks at the tools, processes and methods involved in writing a CMS.
BSD Mag – 14 Jan 2014

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest
For those of you waiting for PC-BSD 10 to become a reality, the wait is almost over.
PC-BSD Blog – 24 Jan 2014

The Daemon, the GNU & the Penguin
Peter Salus’s book, the Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin, was a regular Groklaw feature in 2005 and 2006. It is now in book form (paperback) and available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It’s been expanded, and the subtitle now is “How Free and Open Software is Changing the World”.

iXsystems’ new FreeNAS device needs your label vote
Here’s your chance to influence the design of an upcoming FreeNAS product from iXsystems! Help us pick which label you’d like to see by leaving a comment on this post.
Vote via +iXsystems, Facebook or the FreeNAS forums

FreeBSD 11 has been added to the BSD Family Tree

OpenBSD rescued from unpowered oblivion by $20K bitcoin donation