FreeBSD Foundation 2014 Year-End Fundraising Appeal

logo_freebsdfoundationDear FreeBSD community,
 
I’m writing to you today because I know you are passionate about FreeBSD. You care that it’s innovative, secure, stable, reliable, well engineered and documented, and loved.
 
For 14 years, the FreeBSD Foundation has been providing funding and support for the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. We are fully funded by donations from people like you. That’s why I’m excited to tell you that we’ve kicked off our year-end fundraising campaign!
 
This has been an exciting time for the Foundation and FreeBSD community. As you may have heard, we kicked off this fundraiser with the largest donation we’ve ever received. Whether you are a developer, writer, advocate, organizer, user, or investor, this donation is a positive reflection on the work you are doing for FreeBSD…..

Read the rest of the announcement from Deb Goodkin here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/12/freebsd-foundation-2014-year-end.html

64-bit ARM architecture project update

logo_freebsdfoundationIn this month’s project update we will take a look at the ongoing FreeBSD 64-bit ARM port. AArch64 is the official name for the 64-bit ARM architecture, but it is also known as ARMv8 and arm64. The 64-bit ARM architecture is expected to find use in traditional server markets, in contrast to the embedded and mobile markets where 32-bit ARM is widely adopted.

The FreeBSD Foundation is collaborating with ARM, Cavium, Semihalf and Andrew Turner to port FreeBSD to arm64. Cavium is contributing directly to the Foundation, supplying engineering expertise and hardware for the development community. Cavium’s ThunderX platform provides a great match for FreeBSD’s strength as a server operating system, and it supports up to 48 cores in a single package. ThunderX will be the initial reference target for this project, but ports to other arm64 platforms are expected later on.

Read the full announcement here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/11/64-bit-arm-architecture-project-update.html

WhatsApp donates 1 Million Dollars to the FreeBSD Foundation

logo_freebsdfoundationJam Koum, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp–a company well known to deploy FreeBSD on their servers, has recently made a very generous donation of $1,000,000 to the FreeBSD Foundation. This means that their 2014 fundraising goal of $1,000,000 has been surpassed. Congratulations!

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A Message from Jan Koum:

Last week, I donated one million dollars to the FreeBSD Foundation, which supports the open source operating system that has helped millions of programmers pursue their passions and bring their ideas to life.
I’m actually one of those people. I started using FreeBSD in the late 90s, when I didn’t have much money and was living in government housing. In a way, FreeBSD helped lift me out of poverty – one of the main reasons I got a job at Yahoo! is because they were using FreeBSD, and it was my operating system of choice. Years later, when Brian and I set out to build WhatsApp, we used FreeBSD to keep our servers running. We still do.
I’m announcing this donation to shine a light on the good work being done by the FreeBSD Foundation, with the hope that others will also help move this project forward. We’ll all benefit if FreeBSD can continue to give people the same opportunity it gave me – if it can lift more immigrant kids out of poverty, and help more startups build something successful, and even transformative.
 –Jan Koum

Official blog post: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/11/freebsd-foundation-announces-generous.html

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.

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