FreeBSD foundation newsletter – July 2008

From the July 2008 FreeBSD Foundation newsletter:

  • Letter From the Vice President
  • Fundraising Update
  • Java 1.6 available for FreeBSD 7.0 and 6.3
  • NetApp Filer donation
  • BSD Certification Project
  • Accepting Project Proposals
  • AsiaBSDCon 2008
  • BSDCan 2008
  • BSDCan Developer Summit
  • 2008 Grant and Travel Grant Recipients
  • FreeBSD Testimonial from Juniper
  • Board of Directors Update
  • Financials

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BSDFund – supporting BSD related projects

BSDFund LogoThe FreeBSD Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the FreeBSD Project. This reasonably well-known foundation in the BSD world supports projects which further the development of the FreeBSD operating system (conferences, grants, hardware etc).

Also NetBSD and OpenBSD have their own foundation. These foundations tend to support bigger projects (although they do give travel grants), but there’s also a smaller, lesser known, US non-profit organisation whose mission is to assist and fund BSD-related open source projects, events and travel: BSD Fund.

To be honest I had never heard of this fund until I read about it on Oliver H’s blog. The man behind the BSD Fund is Michael Dexter who’s also one of the guys behind BSD Talk.

Despite the excellent work of the FreeBSD and NetBSD Foundations, there are still individuals and cross-BSD projects that do not have the legal infrastructure to receive tax-deductible donations.

The BSD Fund is negotiating to fund a variety of broad and specific projects but is beginning with conference and travel grants. The Fund raises money through direct donations, grant applications and reward credit cards.

The BSD Fund’s partner organization has given over half a million dollars to open source projects, events and travel over the past seven years. The BSD Fund gives new focus and drive to this effort to help the next thirty years of BSD software development be as successful as the first.

BSD Fund website

The FreeBSD Foundation April update

The following is taken from the FreeBSD Foundation update for April 2008:

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Java Update

We are pleased to announce we have hired Kurt Miller to provide Java 1.6 binaries for FreeBSD 7. He has begun working full-time on this project. Kurt did the Java 1.5 binaries for FreeBSD 5.5 and 6.1. We are happy to have him back on board again to provide this needed support quickly! We also have Jung-uk Kim working on Java 1.6 binaries for FreeBSD 6.3.

AsiaBSDCon 2008

The foundation was proud to be a sponsor of AsiaBSDCon in March. One way we support the project and community is by sponsoring FreeBSD related conferences. These conferences allow developers to meet with other developers to discuss and work on their projects. It also gives them a chance to see what other developers are doing.

We were pleased to provide travel grants to 3 FreeBSD people to attend this conference. We sponsored Zhouyi Zhou and Dongmei Liu both Google Summer of Code students. And, Prakash Poudyal from Kathmandu University. Soon, we will include reports from travel grant recipients on our website.

BSDCan 2008

We are pleased to sponsor BSDCan this year. We are also the sponsor of the BSDCan Developer Summit. We have approved travel grants for 10 FreeBSD people to attend this conference. With the increase in our budget, we have been able to provide more travel grants!

We are excited that most of the board members will be attending this conference. We will have a table and giving away cool items when you make a donation. Please stop by to introduce yourself and tell us how you would like to see us help the project and community.

Fundraising Update

So far this year we have raised $32,000. You can help by approaching your employer and asking them to donate to the foundation!

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Q1/2008)

The Q1/2008 FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report is now available. This report covers FreeBSD related projects between October and December 2007. AsiaBSDCon 2008 is approaching and will be held at the Tokyo University of Science in Tokyo, Japan on the 27th – 30th of March 2008. The FreeBSD Foundation has released a Newsletter detailing their activities over the past few months.

FreeBSD 7.0 is nearing release and the 2nd Release Candidate is ready for testing.

The FreeBSD Foundation february update

The following is taken from the FreeBSD Foundation update for February 2008:

FreeBSD Foundation

Financial Update

Last year we had a fund raising goal of $250,000. We are extremely pleased that we exceeded our goal by raising over $400,000! We want to thank everyone who donated to the foundation. We received some very large contributions from companies who benefited from using FreeBSD and wanted to give back to the project. You can see a list of the donors here.

The board of directors has approved a budget of $250,000 for this year. You can see our new budget here.

With the additional funds we received last year, we have increased spending in areas of projects, travel grants, FreeBSD conferences and developer meetings, and equipment for the project. We are also going to invest $200,000 into higher yielding investments. We will stick to our conservative principals, by keeping our investments low risk.

2008 Fundraising Goal

Our 2008 fundraising goal is $300,000. We set the bar a little higher than last year’s goal to cover the budget and for steady growth expectations. We would be very happy to exceed our goal again, but have to be realistic on what we should expect. You can help by approaching your employer and asking them to donate to the foundation!

AsiaBSDCon Sponsor

The foundation is pleased to be a sponsor of AsiaBSDCon again. One way we support the project and community is by sponsoring FreeBSD related conferences. These conferences allow developers to meet with other developers to discuss and work on their projects. It also gives them a chance to see what other developers are doing.

We have increased our travel grant budget for 2008! Now we have the resources to help send more FreeBSD developers to conferences. We still ask you to look to your employers first for sponsorship or cost-splitting.

Java Update

The Foundation is pleased to announce we have a FreeBSD developer who has volunteered to add the Java 1.6 binary support for FreeBSD 6.3 and 7.0. We should have a schedule soon.

FreeBSD in 2007 – a review

2007 is over. It was a very successful year for open source software and another 12 interesting months have passed for FreeBSD. In this post I want to look back at 2007 and see how FreeBSD faired, what happened in “FreeBSD land” and how FreeBSD based operating systems have developed. This post will be a sort of summary of the messages I posted during 2007.

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We’ll be looking at:

Start of this blog

Around April last year I was toying with the idea of starting a FreeBSD related news blog with the view to raise more awareness of FreeBSD and show it’s a perfect alternative to Linux. My first post was on 17 May 2007 and since then visitor numbers have rapidly gone up and feedback from visitors indicates that there’s definitely interest in such a blog. With the continuing growth of my WordPress.com hosted blog, I wanted to get some more flexibility and the ability to install plugins and scripts. Hence my move to Bluehost/FreeBSDOS (BTW, if you’re looking for cheap and reliable webhosting, I can really recommend them).

FreeBSD in 2007

FreeBSD LogoUnfortunately 2007 didn’t see the final release of FreeBSD 7.0; just 4 beta’s and a RC1. Well, maybe not “unfortunately”, because a top-quality product is better than a rushed-out flaky one that needs to be fixed and patched soon after its release. FreeBSD 7.0 incorporates some new and exciting technologies which will put this version a-par with, if not ahead of, Linux. Exciting stuff.

The FreeBSD Foundation have issued their quarterly newsletters (Q2, Q3, Q4), keeping the world up-to-date with the latest developments and news. The Foundation received a lot of coverage online and in the blogosphere with their Absolute FreeBSD book auction and their fund raising drive. The 2007 fundraising goal was $250.000, but a total of $403,511 was achieved. Well done.

There are already a couple of Linux related magazines for sale in stores, but BSD magazines aren’t available currently. “An interesting opportunity“, Software Media LLC/LP Magazine must have thought. They will issue first issue at the beginning of Q2 2008 and will contain an article by Dru Lavigne and Jan Stedehouder (Jan used and reviewed both PC-BSD and DesktopBSD for a month in his PC-BSB: the first 30 days and DesktopBSD: the first 30 days series).

Conference-wise, the ‘normal’ BSD conferences (BSDCan, EuroBSD, MeetBSD) were held, with a new one in Turkey (BSDConTR).
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FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Q4/2007)

There’s a new issue of the FreeBSD Foundation newsletter (Q4)/

The innovation of the past lives on in FreeBSD. From SMP and network scalability to innovations in security APIs and wireless networking, the technology of FreeBSD is making an impact on our world. What future piece of BSD technology will help foster a new public commodity like the Internet? I can’t say, but the past shows us that investing in open source OS development and its commercial use pays large dividends. The two testimonials in this newsletter from Isilon and Network Appliance show this process at work.

In this issue:

  • Letter From the Vice President
  • End-of-Year Fundraising Drive
  • Foundation Mailing List
  • First Copy of Absolute FreeBSD Auction
  • FreeBSD Testimonial from Isilon Systems
  • FreeBSD Testimonial from NetApp
  • Improving the Hardware Performance Counter Support Project
  • EuroBSDCon 2007
  • 2007 Grant and Travel Grant Recipients
  • Financials

FreeBSD Fundraising

FreeBSD Foundeation logoThe FreeBSD Foundation is kicking off the End-of-Year Fund Raising Drive! The FreeBSD Project is not a company and to keep functioning it is dependent upon financial support from users and supporters. So far, $221,808 has been raised – short of the $250,000 target for this year. To find out what the money is used for please check the homepage.

Please contribute to keep FreeBSD free. Click here to donate (any amount will help).