One of the major differences between FreeBSD and Linux, is that FreeBSD is coherent operating system, and that the building of it is steered and managed by a Core Team.
The bi-annual election is over and the votes are in. The following FreeBSD developers form the core team until 2010:
- Robert Watson (172 votes)
- Peter Wemm (160)
- Kris Kennaway (157)
- Murray Stokely (134)
- George V. Neville-Neil (126)
- Brooks Davis (116)
- Wilko Bulte (114)
- Hiroki Sato (111)
- Giorgos Keramidas (91)
Peter Wemm is rejoining the team after a two-year break, and Kris Kennaway is joining the team for the first time. Outgoing members are Wes Peters and Warner Losh.
Join me in congratulating these guys for all the hard work over the years and wishing them the best for the future to make FreeBSD the best operating system in the world.
The FreeBSD core team would be equivalent to the board of directors if the FreeBSD Project were a company. The primary task of the core team is to make sure the project, as a whole, is in good shape and is heading in the right directions. Inviting dedicated and responsible developers to join our group of committers is one of the functions of the core team, as is the recruitment of new core team members as others move on (source)
Robert Watson did a presentation at Google a little while ago, titled “How the FreeBSD Project works”. You can watch the video on Google Video.
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 same source 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 45 minutes, a brief if entertaining snapshot into what makes FreeBSD run
Will Backman from BSDTalk has interviewed a few FreeBSD Core Team members on the back of the BSDCan 2007 conference. This interview gives an insight into the Team, how it works, how it gets elected etc. Listen to his podcast here
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