FreeBSD Foundation: Travel Grants for MeetBSD CA 2014

logo_freebsdfoundationCalling all FreeBSD developers needing assistance with travel expenses to MeetBSD California 2014.

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 October 20, 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.

For more information head on over to the following link: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/announcements#meetbsd2014

Cavium to Sponsor FreeBSD ARMv8 Based Implementation

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Cavium, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking announced today that it is collaborating with the FreeBSD Foundation to develop and deliver the first ARMv8 reference design and implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System based on the ThunderX workload optimized processor family for next generation Data Center and Cloud workloads (http://cavium.com/ThunderX_ARM_Processors.html).

FreeBSD is the most widely used open-source BSD distribution, accounting for more than three-quarters of all installed systems running open-source BSD derivatives.  FreeBSD is widely used in infrastructure applications such as storage, web and media streaming applications and environments.  With a repository of over 24,000 applications FreeBSD provides a broad array of options for developers, system administrators and end users.

Check out the full announcement here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cavium-to-sponsor-freebsd-armv8-based-implementation-277724361.html

FreeBSD Foundation Upcoming Events

The Foundation is pleased to attend a number of events over the coming months:

EuroBSDcon '14EuroBSDCon 2014

September 27-28, Sofia, Bulgaria

 

Diversity '14USENIX Diversity ’14

October 5, 2014, Broomfield CO

 

OSDI'14USENIX OSDI ’14

October 6-8, 2014, Broomfield, CO

 

GraceHopper 2014Grace Hopper Celebration

October 8-10, 2014, Phoenix, AZ

 

MeetBSD 2014MeetBSD California 2014

November 1-2, 2014, San Jose, CA

 

LISA14USENIX LISA ’14

November 9-14, 2014, Seattle, WA

 

For a description of each event, head on over to the following link: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/activities/upcoming_events

FreeBSD Foundation announces IPsec Enhancement Project

logo_freebsdfoundationThe Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) suite is used to implement virtual private networks on FreeBSD and other operating systems. As the networking world continues its transition from 1 to 10, to 40 gigabit per second speeds, and faster, improvements in IPsec’s cryptographic building blocks are necessary to keep pace. The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that long-time FreeBSD developer John-Mark Gurney is adding modern AES modes to FreeBSD’s cryptographic framework and IPsec. This project is co-sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation and Netgate, a leading vendor of BSD-based firewalls and networking gear.

For the full announcement, check out the following link: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/08/freebsd-foundation-announces-ipsec.html

FreeBSD Foundation August Update

logo_freebsdfoundationThe FreeBSD Foundation has released their August update, which consists of development project updates, voices from the community, fundraising updates, etc.

As summer comes to a close, we wanted to share some of the latest project updates and introduce new initiatives we’re taking on in early fall. From the latest issue of the FreeBSD Journal to our first-time visit to Grace Hopper, The Foundation is working hard to help keep the FreeBSD community informed and growing. Please take a minute to read about what we’ve been up to and hear from those leading the charge.

Deb

Head on over to the following link to view the pdf document: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/press/2014augupdate.pdf

FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter – July 31, 2014

The FreeBSD FoundationThe FreeBSD Foundation has just released their semi-annual newsletter. As usual, it features a letter from the President, as well as updates for the annual fundraiser, development projects, and conferences.

Welcome to our July 2014 Semi-Annual Newsletter!

As we reach the middle of 2014, we want to take the opportunity to highlight what we’ve accomplished so far this year to help support the FreeBSD Project and community.

One of the most exciting projects we started this year was the publication of the online FreeBSD Journal. We are not only funding this magazine, with hopes of it being self-supported through subscriptions and ads, but we also have board members on the editorial staff. So far, we’ve received a large amount of positive feedback, and look forward to making both the Journal and subscription process even better.

In this newsletter, you’ll have a chance to read more about the Journal; check out summaries from the conferences and summits we sponsored; take a look at current Foundation funded development projects and fundraising efforts; and review our latest financial reports. Lastly, as usual, our president and founder, Justin Gibbs, wrote the most inspiring letter yet. In fact after reading his letter, I was motivated to come up with my own elevator pitch instead of the usual “FreeBSD is like Linux, only better!” Working with Justin, our board members and staff, and the entire FreeBSD community continually humbles me. It’s inspiring to know there are so many passionate FreeBSD people out there, helping to make this the most reliable, innovative, stable, secure, and well-loved operating system available.

Now, sit back, get a cup of coffee or tea, and take a moment to read our newsletter.

Deb Goodkin
Executive Director
The FreeBSD Foundation

Read the full newsletter here: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/press/2014jul-newsletter

FreeBSD Foundation: Spring Fundraising Campaign

The FreeBSD Foundation has just released news regarding their Spring Fundraising Campaign:

We’re kicking off our Spring Fundraising Campaign! Our goal this year is to raise $1,000,000 with a spending budget of $900,000. As we embark on our 15th year of serving the FreeBSD Project and community, we are proud of how we’ve helped FreeBSD become the most innovative, reliable, and high-performance operating system. We are doing this by:

  • funding development projects,
  • having an internal technical staff available to work on small and large projects, fixing problems, and areas of system administration and release engineering,
  • providing legal support,
  • funding conferences and summits that allow face-to-face interaction and collaboration between FreeBSD contributors, users, and advocates,
  • and advocating for and educating people about FreeBSD by providing high-quality brochures, white papers, and the FreeBSD Journal.

Head on over to this link to make a donation to the FreeBSD Foundation: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/

For more information about the fundraising campaign, head on over to the FreeBSD Foundation blog over here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/04/freebsd-foundation-spring-fundraising.html

FreeBSD OpenStack, FOSDEM, NetApp, EdgeRouter, Google Cloud Engine and more

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 newsworthy and which you may find 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.

FreeBSD on OpenStack
There has not been a complete solution to run FreeBSD instances on OpenStack, until now.
github – 3 Feb 2014

OpenSSH 6.5 has been released
openssh.ort – 30 Jan 2014

Crazed Ferrets in a Berkeley Shower – 2014 edition
Michael Lucas Blog – 29 jan 2014

FOSDEM 2014 Photos
Pictures from the first conference of the year, FOSDEM. Photo credits go to John Hixson from iXsystems.
iXsystems Google+ page – 8 Feb 2014

NetApp and Microsoft: We’re ‘close’ to virtual ONTAP on Azure
The seed for this approach was sown in May 2012, when Microsoft, Citrix and +NetApp announced they would work together to make FreeBSD run as a guest OS under Hyper-V.
The Register – 05 Feb 2014

Time to bid farewell to the old pkg_ tools
Bye bye PKG
freebsdish.org - 3 Feb 2014

Strength of FreeNAS Project Sets iXsystems Apart
Interview with iXsystems CTO Jordan Hubbard
dcig.com – 04 Feb 2014

FreeBSD support in Google Cloud Engine (GCE)
FreeBSD kind of runs on the +Google Cloud Platform,  but there are still a couple of issues, and the process isn’t that straight forward at the moment.

FreeBSD Foundation and iXsystems Collaborate to Further the Cause of High Performance Computing on FreeBSD
Remember MEGACORE, the 1TB of RAM beast? Check out how the FreeBSD Foundation plans to use the powerful machine!

FreeBSD Guides
Screencast tutorials about how to get things done with FreeBSD

FreeBSD 10.0 on Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite
The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite is a neat little device that costs less than US$100, has three Ethernet ports, and can run FreeBSD/mips.

Clang Is Now Self-Hosting On Linux/FreeBSD SPARC64
Thanks to Jakob’s work on Sparcv9 ABI in Clang and recent changes to Sparc code generator
LLVMDev – 02 Feb 2014

FreeBSD Open-Source OS Comes to the PC-BSD Desktop
While FreeBSD itself could potentially be used as a desktop system, the PC-BSD open-source project is the home base for FreeBSD as a desktop operating system. PC-BSD 10, based on FreeBSD 10 at its core, was officially released on Jan. 29.
Eweek.com – 31 Jan 2014

FreeBSD to support secure boot by mid-year
Support for secure boot will be available in the FreeBSD 10.1 release which is due to be made later this year, according to Marshall Kirk McKusick.
itwire.com – 20 Jan 2014

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 16
Big news this week for the PBI format. Kris has confirmed that a patch has been implemented for the way PBI’s are being built that will shrink the size of PBI’s by approximately 50%.
PC-BSD Blog – 7 Feb 2014