BSDTalk interview: NYCBSDCon 2008 update

Podcast LogosBSDTalk has a 11 minutes interview with Isaac Levy and Steven Kreuzer. Subject of the interview are the preparations for the upcoming New York City BSD Conference (NYCBSDCon) 2008 (11-12 October 2008, New York). More information on the conference can be found at http://www.nycbsdcon.org/

BSDTalk 156 – Listen to or download the podcast: MP3 | OGG

This conference is listed on my public FreeBSD Events Calendar. Check it out for any BSD related events in your area.

FreeBSD Developers Summit – Cambridge 2008

The FreeBSD Developers Summit (15-18 August) has now kicked off in Cambridge (UK). Subject of  discussions, amongst others, are operating system virtualisation, access control and the FreeBSD 8.0 release.

This is an invitation only meeting for FreeBSD (core) developers, but you can check out the Dev Summit wik to see what’s going on behind the scenes or check Philip Paep”s blog

Our developer summit here in Cambridge started off rather well today. Robert decided that a brisk half hour walk from King’s to the computer lab was a good start of the day. I happen to agree.

Will keep you updated with any interesting stuff i find out, especially about FreeBSD 8.

For a general idea what sort of things get discussed at Dev Summits have a look at Bjoern A. Zeeb account of the BSDCan 2008 Developers Summit (with pictures).

Thanks to Rodrigo Osoriao for making me aware of this.

Check out any upcoming FreeBSD related events on my FreeBSD Google Calendar

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
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