BSD at LinuxWorld 2008

pc-bsd girl and pc-bsd babe, in real life Gloria Galicia (photo left) and Perla Ibarra (photo middle), were representing FreeBSD/PC-BSD at the LinuxWorld 2008, San Francisco.

I work for one of the sponsors of BSD. I’ve never been to a trade show before and wanted to check it out and support BSD

says Galicia. Both ladies were at the BSD Booth with Matt Olander, CTO at iXsystems, to answer questions about FreeBSD and PC-BSD (incl. the upcoming PC-BSD 7 Fibonacci).

This operating system has been under steady development since the ’70s, and we’re a viable alternative to Linux,

said Matt Olander.

Source: wired.com (08/08/2008)

FreeBSD events and conferences calendar

There are several conferences and expo’s where FreeBSD is promoted (and this seems to be increasing by the year). To keep track of when and where these are, I have set up a public calendar listing all FreeBSD related events, such as conferences, meetings, hackatons etc. This calendar is on Google Calendar (GCal) and is accessible to everybody.

  • Name: FreeBSD events and conferences calendar
  • Description: FreeBSD related conferences, trade shows, meetings and events that are of interest for users of FreeBSD and FreeBSD-based operating systems

If you already use Google Calandar, you can easily add the FreeBSD events calendar to yours (to find it, do a search for “FreeBSD”). Alternatively, those not using GCal, can view the calendar here.

Are you aware of any events where FreeBSD or any FreeBSD based operating systems are promoted that aren’t listed yet? Please let me know.

There are already two similar calendars but they aren’t maintained any longer. Hence my decision to start AND maintain another one.

Links: Google Calendar | FreeBSD GCal

BSD conferences – presentations, videos and photos

I’ve collected for you some links to presentations, recordings and pictures of recent BSD conferences.

MeetBSD 2007MeetBSD 2007

  • Matt Olander – PC-BSD: FreeBSD on the Desktop – AVI
  • Christian Brüffer – Protecting your Privacy with FreeBSD and Tor – AVI
  • Pawel Solyga – Meet BSD projects from Google Summer of Code 2007 – AVI | MOV | PDF
  • Philip Paeps – Detangling and debugging: friends in unexpected places – AVI
  • Brooks Davis – Reflections on Building a High-Performance Computing Cluster Using FreeBSD – AVI | PDF
  • Kris Kennaway - New features and improvements in FreeBSD 7 – AVI | PDF

FOSDEM 2008 - FOSDEM

Robert Watson – How a large scale opensource project works (OGG)

The FreeBSD Project is one of the oldest and most successful open source operating system projects, seeing wide deployment across the IT industry. From the root name servers, to top tier ISPs, to core router operating systems, to firewalls, to embedded appliances, you can’t use a networked computer for ten minutes without using FreeBSD dozens of times.

Part of FreeBSD’s reputation for quality and reliability comes from the nature of its development organization — driven by a hundreds of highly skilled volunteers, from high school students to university professors. And unlike most open source projects, the FreeBSD Project has developers who have been working on the samesource base for over twenty years.

But how does this organization work? Who pays the bandwidth bills, runs the web servers, writes the documentation, writes the code, and calls the shots? And how can developers in a dozen time zones reach agreement on the time of day, let alone a kernel architecture?

This presentation will attempt to provide, in 45minutes, a brief if entertaining snapshot into what makes FreeBSD run.

BSDCan 2008 pictures – BSDCan 2008

Developers Summit
zabbadoz.net

AsiaBSDCon 2008 – papers & photos

The AsiaBSDCon 2008 took place last month (27-30 March) in Tokio, Japan. According to reports it was a very successful and enjoyable get-together. If you’ve not been able to attend, check the presentations and photographs online. Enjoy.

Some interesting (FreeBSD related) papers are:

BSD Conferences 2008

A few years ago, BSD enthusiast used to meet at Linux expos, but now there are couple of BSD-only conferences, which are getting bigger by the year. NYCBSDCon is back this year and there’s even new BSD conference in Barcelona this year.

Dates have been confirmed for EuroBSDCon 2008 and NYCBSDCon:

EuroBSD 2008 Conference

The seventh annual European BSD Conference, EuroBSDCon 2008, will take place at the University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg (France) on 18 – 19 October 2008. This conference is aimed at developers and users of all BSD flavors, including FreeBSD of course. A variety of full and half-day tutorials will precede the conference.

Feel free to subscribe to the announcement mailing list to be kept informed if interested of changes as they are announced. Questions regarding the conference can be sent to the organizing committee at 2008 [AT@] eurobsdcon [dot.] org.

NYCBSDCon 2008 ConferenceAfter an unfortunate hiatus in 2007, rest assured that NYCBSDCon will be happening over the weekend of 11-12 October 2008 at Columbia University, New York City, with a similar format to the 2006 conference. The organisers are looking forward to hosting the conference again, and hping the conference is going to be an exciting meeting place for *BSD users, sysadmins and developers from all the projects.

BSDCan 2008 will be held on 16-17 May 2008 at University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, and will be preceeded by two days of Tutorials on 14-15 May 2008. If interested, subscribe to the announce mailing list to be notified of more details and information.

AsiaBSDCon 2008 will be held from 27-30 March at the Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan

In summary:

  • BSDCan 2008 – 16-17 May – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
  • AsiaBSDCon 2008 – 27-30 March – Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan
  • EuroBSDCon 2008 – 18-19 October – University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  • NYCBSDCon 2008 – 11-12 October – Columbia University, New York City, USA

BSDCon: Barcelona 2008

A new BSD conference is being organised: BSDCon Barcelona 2008. This event is to be held in Barcelona from 19-20 April 2008 and the organisers are aiming to make this an annual event to cater for the growing BSD community in Spain.

Details about registering, presentations etc can be found on the website which is in Spanish, but if you use this link, Google translates it into English.

For more details or if you’d be willing to do a presentation, contact toomany [at@] toomany [dot.] net