freebsdnews.net: 6 years today

6yearsfreebsdnews.net started exactly 6 years ago on 17 May 2007 with the post What is cooking for FreeBSD (7)?

I had never thought the site would make it 6 years, but thanks to feedback, suggestions and contributions from quite a number of you readers, I’ve been encouraged to keep it up and as a result it’s still here.

It has been a good journey so far and it has been great to see FreeBSD develop so much over these years, from 7.0 to 10-current.

Let me know how the site can be improved (I’m thinking of a new theme) or if you have any other suggestions.

 

F# on FreeBSD

F#_Fsharp_logoF#  (pronounced F Sharp) is an open source, functional-first programming language which empowers users and organisations to tackle complex computing problems with simple, maintainable and robust code. It was released by Microsoft and is used in a wide range of application areas and is available across multiple platforms.

F# has recently been made F# more readily available on FreeBSD:

Since my original post, I’ve been contacted by a few people who wanted to try F# on FreeBSD but didn’t know how to set it up (or who ran into trouble when they tried). So, I spent a couple of hours last weekend writing up detailed instructions for installing Mono 3.0, F# 3.0, and emacs on FreeBSD, and they’re now available on fsharp.org.

I tested the instructions on a fresh installation of FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE (32-bit) in VirtualBox on 64-bit Windows 7, and everything worked as it should. If you try the instructions — and you should :) — and run into problems, please start a new thread here on the mailing list and I’ll help you get it fixed. (In this case, conversing on the mailing list is preferable so the solution is available to everyone.) (src)

If you’re interested in installing and using F# on FreeBSD, have a look at the F# FreeBSD page with all the steps you need to take.

I had never heard of it till today. But I’m not a programmer ;-)  More information on F# can be found here :

FreeBSD is participating in Google Summer of Code 2013

FreeBSD is pleased to announce that once again we have been selected to participate in the Google Summer of Code program. This gives University students the opportunity to earn a $5000 USD stipend in exchange for working on Open Source software over their Summer break. Students have around 12 weeks to work on their project, and will be mentored by existing FreeBSD committers. Participating organisations will earn $500 USD per student mentored.

FreeBSD’s organisation page may be found at http://www.google-melange.com and a list of possible project ideas may be found at https://wiki.freebsd.org/IdeasPage . Please note that projects do not have to come from the ideas list, and indeed students are encouraged to produce their own project ideas – the majority of past projects have been thought up by the participants themselves.

Students are also encouraged to visit http://www.google-melange.com/ to view more details of the program, including eligibility requirements, and a list of other participating organisations. (via)

FreeBSD Foundation announces Ed Maste as Director of Project Development

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce Ed Maste‘s new role as the Foundation’s part-time Director of Project Development.  Ed has served on the Foundation’s board for two years, and has stepped down in order to accept this new position.

In this position Ed will manage the Foundation’s sponsored work, including projects funded under specific grants, operational support and project development undertaken by the Foundation’s permanent technical staff.

Working with the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Ed will identify and document specific areas of future project work interest.  This roadmap planning will include coordination with FreeBSD consumers and the FreeBSD community.

“2012 represented an inflection point in the Foundation’s history. The Foundation has a stated goal of investing in permanent staff through 2013.  With Ed taking on this new position I’m excited by the Foundation’s increased capacity to manage our project development and operational support.”

said Justin T. Gibbs, President of the FreeBSD Foundation.

Ed has over ten years of experience in companies building products on FreeBSD, in both technical and managerial roles.  He resides in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. (via)

FreeBSD expands activities as funds flow in

FreeBSD developer Marshall McKusick has been speaking to iTWire. They talk about last year’s donations, newly hired staff and what else can be expected from the FreeBSD Foundation this year.

The FreeBSD Foundation was so successful in raising funds last year that it has been able to considerably expand its activities.

Read the whole interview and the FreeBSD Foundations announcement regarding recent recruitment. (Thanks Krzysztof Abramowicz).

New biannual (Free)BSD Conference: vBSDCon

Verisign has announced that they will be organising and hosting a new, biannual BSD Conference at the Hyatt in Dulles, Virginia (25-27 Oct 2013).

The conference will include BSD speakers from across the globe,  an expo area, and the BSDA certification exam

The organisers hope bring together members of the BSD community for a series of round table discussions, educational sessions, break-out sessions, best practice conversations, etc.

AGENDA

  • Friday, October 25: Evening Reception
  • Saturday, October 26: General Session, Birds of a Feather Sessions
  • Sunday, October 27: General Session, Breakout Sessions

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Administrators
  • Innovators

TOPICS

  • PkgNG w/ Baptiste Daroussin
  • A comprehensive look at bsdinstall with Devin Teske
  • Netflix Demo/Presentation with Scott Long
  • netmap with Luigi Rizzo
  • Migration from GCC to LLVM/Clang with David Chisnall