Support the FreeBSD Foundation (& FreeBSD)

FreeBSD Foundation is a non-profit organisation supporting the FreeBSD Project by part-funding some BSD conferences, by giving traveling grants to FreeBSD developers so they can go to conferences, by paying some developers etc etc.

The Foundation is some $33.000 off their 2008 goal ($300,000), so if you want to show your appreciation of the work the Foundation and the Project have done so far, why not donate in order to support their work and help fund future progress?

Tomorrow, 31/12 is the last day you can do this in 2008…

FreeBSD foundation newsletter – December 2008

FreeBSD foundation logoPlease find below the FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter for December 2008.

In this Edition:

  • Letter From the Vice President
  • End-of-Year Fundraising Drive
  • Safe Removal of Active Disk Devices
  • Improvements to the FreeBSD TCP Stack
  • Network Stack Virtualization Project
  • FreeBSD Advocacy in Ticino 2008
  • NYCBSDCon 2008
  • EuroBSDCan 2008
  • meetBSD 2008
  • Foundation at meetBSD and Developer Recognition
  • 2008 Grant and Travel Grant Recipients
  • Travel Grant Recipient Spotlight
  • FreeBSD Testimonial from Hobnob, Inc.
  • Financials

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FreeBSD Foundation end-of-year fund raising drive (update)

The FreeBSD Foundation end-of-year fund raise drive message from the FreeBSD mailinglist:

“Dear FreeBSD Community,

First, we would like to thank everyone who has donated to the FreeBSD Foundation this year. We have raised $198,583 towards our 2008 goal of $300,000! We are almost 2/3 of the way to reaching our goal!

Like most non-profits, we are seeing the affects of the weak economy. This time last year we had raised $346,587. By meeting our goal this year will allow us to continue the same amount of support next year, as well as continue to invest some of the funds.

Why do we need donations?

The goal of the FreeBSD Project is to provide software that may be used for any purpose — and without strings attached. Our mission is to support the FreeBSD Project and community. Our funding comes from people like you – those who are determined to keep FreeBSD free!

How have we spent the money this year?

 

  • Sponsored FreeBSD related conferences like BSDCan, EuroBSDCon, AsiaBSDCon, meetBSD, and NYCBSDCon. We also sponsored FreeBSD developer summits in Ottawa and Cambridge.
  • Provided 23 travel grants and funding to individuals to attend these conferences this year.
  • Provided legal support for the project on issues like understanding the GPLv3 impact on FreeBSD, providing a privacy policy, trademark ownership and permission, and other legal issues that come up.
  • Provided grants for projects that improve FreeBSD, like Java binaries, Network Stack Virtualization, Improving Hardware Performance Counter Support, making improvements to the TCP stack, making FreeBSD tolerate the removal of active disk devices, and a couple of other projects that we will be announcing soon.
  • Provided equipment for developers working to improve FreeBSD and projects like the NetPerf cluster. Facilitated donation of NetApp filer, 32-core hardware, and 10 Gigabit equipment for project continuity planning and the NetPerf Cluster.

 

How can you help?

Your financial support is critical for the FreeBSD Project. Please help us keep FreeBSD free. Go to

http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/

to donate (any amount will help). And thank you for your continued support of the FreeBSD Foundation.”

Are you supporting FreeBSD?

Richard Bejtlich has been using FreeBSD in production environments since early 2000, and he continues to rely on it at home and at work. Even though he can download the operating system for free, he still subscribes through FreeBSDMall.com to support the project.

The FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and building the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. You can see all the good work they are doing on their Web site. 

The Foundation set a $300,000 goal for 2008 fundraising, and it’s 2/3 of the way there.

It would be nice to find out how you’re supporting FreeBSD. Are you donating, coding, advocating, blogging?

FreeBSD Foundation update – November 2008

FreeBSD foundation logoThe FreeBSD Foundation November 2008 update:

New Projects
As most of you know, we put out a request for project proposals last July. We were pleasantly surprised when we received more proposals than we expected. Unfortunately, we couldn’t accept all of the proposals. One reason, is that we didn’t have the funds in our budget. If we reach our fundraising goal this year, then we will be putting out a new call for project proposals in early 2009.

We are pleased to announce the first project that has started. The project is to make FreeBSD tolerate the removal of active disk devices, such as when a USB flash device with a mounted filesystems is physically detached by a user. Currently the system may panic in this situation. The work involves adding proper reference counting to strategic portions of the kernel and modifying filesystems to properly handle “device lost” errors. Edward Tomasz Napierala is the developer working on this project.

Click Here to find out more about this project. We will be announcing the other projects once we receive the signed contracts.

NYCBSDCon, EuroBSDCon, and MeetBSD
We were pleased to sponsor EuroBSDCon, NYCBSDCon, and MeetBSD. We wanted to share a gracious note that NYCBSDCon sent after their successful conference.

Now that NYCBSDCon 2008 has concluded, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to the FreeBSD Foundation. It’s your vital role that allows us to provide a great line-up of BSD speakers and extras to a strong technical conference, at an accessible fee. We are proud of the accomplishments of the conference this year.

We will have more on the conferences in our end-of-year newsletter.

Travel Grants
We continue to provide travel grants for various conferences. This year we didn’t always get an announcement out in time. We want to make sure everyone is aware that we fund FreeBSD developers of all sorts (kernel hackers, documentation authors, bugbusters, system administrators, etc). We are also open to fund non-developers, such as active community members and FreeBSD advocates. Click Here to see the travel grant application.

This year we’ve provided 10 travel grants for BSDCan, 3 for AsiaBSDCon, and 2 for the Cambridge Developer Summit. We also have approved 2 travel grants for MeetBSD.

Just remember, if we don’t send out an announcement that we are accepting applications, you may still submit one as long as it is three weeks before the conference. You may need to submit it earlier, if you need a Visa or are traveling a great distance. It does take the board some time to review the applications.

Fundraising Update
So far this year we have raised over $187,000. We are very pleased to report we received a very generous donation from NetApp. We want to thank everyone who has made a donation this year. Big and little, they all help.

To reach our goal of $300,000 and to help keep us a public charity, we added a donor goal. Our goal this year is to reach 1,000 donors. By setting this goal, we hope to add many new donors this year. Click here to find out more.

You can also help by approaching your employer and asking them to donate to the foundation!

Thanks again for supporting the Foundation and FreeBSD!

FreeBSD project proposals deadline – 15 August

Just to remind anybody interested in FreeBSD development, the FreeBSD Foundation is

soliciting the submission of proposals for work relating to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system. A budget of $80,000 was allocated for 2008 to fund multiple development projects. Proposals will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit and cost-effectiveness.

If you want to help improve FreeBSD and would like to receive funding to do so, be quick: the deadline is 15 August 2008.

Details and requirements of the proposals can be downloaded here. Alternatively, there’s also the BSD Fund should you want financial support while developing for BSD.

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