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

FreeBSD Foundation to spend $1,000,000 on FreeBSD development and promotions

The FreeBSD Foundation has announced it will invest $1,000,000 this year to fund FreeBSD development and the promotion of it.

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FreeBSD is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in providing a high-performance, secure, and stable operating system. Our mission is to continue and increase our support and funding to keep FreeBSD at the forefront of operating system technology. But, we can’t do this without your help!

Last year with your generosity, we raised over $770,000. This allowed us to not only achieve our goal, but to exceed it by over $250,000.

This year, with your help, we will do more.
This year we will double the amount we spend.
This year we will invest $1,000,000 to support and promote FreeBSD.

What will the Foundation accomplish with your donation in 2013?

  • Spend almost $600,000 on software development projects for FreeBSD.
  • Support the Release Engineering and Security teams with paid staff time.
  • Grow to five technical staff members by year-end.
  • Support BSD conferences around the globe, in Europe, Japan, Canada, and the USA.
  • Spend over $130,000 on hardware to maintain and improve FreeBSD project infrastructure.
  • Grow the FreeBSD community through marketing and outreach to users and businesses.
  • Protect the FreeBSD trademarks and provide the project with access to legal counsel.

We have kicked off the new year with 3 newly funded projects, and are actively soliciting additional project proposals now. We’ve added one new technical staff member and are in the process of adding more.

Please support the Foundation during our Spring Fundraising Drive, and help us raise $100,000 from 1000 donors between April 16th and May 30th.

We can’t do this without you!  Just go to http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate to make your donation.  Then talk to your employer to either match your gift or to make their own donation.

Thank you for your support!

FreeBSD Foundation Announces Capsicum Framework Project

The FreeBSD Foundation has announced that Pawel Jakub Dawidek has been awarded a development grant to further improve the Capsicum framework. The grant is jointly funded by Google’s Open Source Programs Office.

The project includes the integration of previous work, implementation of new programmer-friendly capability system calls, improvements to the Casper Capsicum service daemon, and sandboxing various security-sensitive applications.

“My previous Capsicum work focused on improving the framework itself to make it a better fit for real world applications. This new project will make use of the improved Capsicum to secure sensitive programs and libraries found in FreeBSD. The project will also produce many examples for others to follow, allowing them to take advantage of Capsicum to improve the security of their programs,”

said Pawel.

Ben Laurie, of Google’s security team, added that

“traditional operating system security is based on Access Control Lists (ACLs). Decades of experience has made it quite clear this is the wrong model – but how can we move to a better way without having to rebuild everything? Capsicum shows that it is possible to migrate gradually from the broken ACL world to a more robust capability based world. We are pleased to be involved in the next step of its evolution.”

The project is expected to be completed by June 2013.

Source: FreeBSD Announce Mailinglist

FreeBSD Foundation is soliciting submission of project proposals (2013)

freebsd_foundation 100.x100The FreeBSD Foundation annually (200920102011, 2012) asks the FreeBSD (developers) community for any project proposals that they’d like to work on, and, this is the interesting part, get funding for from the Foundation.

The Foundation has invited the Community again this year:

The FreeBSD Foundation is soliciting the submission of project
proposals for funded development grants. Proposals may be related to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system, and will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit, and cost-effectiveness.

Key dates for this proposal solicitation:

  • Call for proposals: 27th March 2013
  • Deadline for submissions: 26th April 2013
  • Notifcation of accepted proposals: 17th May 2013

Proposals must include the following:

* A detailed description of what is being proposed, how it will
benefit the FreeBSD Project, and why the work is needed.
* A timeline and costing for the project.
* One or more people that will act as technical reviewers for the work.

Proposals are open to all developers, including non-FreeBSD
committers, but developers without access to commit to the source tree must provide details about how the completion guidelines will be achieved. (source)

All details on the proposal submission process can be found on the Project Proposal Procedures page.

There are many projects and loose ends to pick up, so if you’re interested, have al look at the FreeBSDD ideas page or hang out on the FreeBSD Forums.

Porting FreeBSD to Efika Platforms Project Completed

freebsd_foundation 100.x100The FreeBSD Foundation announced in November 2012 that Aleksandr Rybalko had been awarded a grant to port FreeBSD to the Genesi Efika MX SmartBook laptop and SmartTop nettop devices.

The Foundation updated its blog today to say the project is now completed.

You’ve already seen or at least heard about ARM systems running FreeBSD. In most cases it’s routers, firewalls, network storage, etc. Why doesn’t anyone use FreeBSD on an ARM based desktop or laptop? It is because no one had implemented Xorg support for boards supported by FreeBSD. Now you have a way to do just that!

I’m glad to introduce an Xorg driver for ARM, and not only ARM but for syscons framebuffer devices. It’s called xf86-video-scfb. The driver is very simple, and has been tested and works on the Efika MX and Raspberry Pi devices. I hope it w ll work with other devices, including those not based on ARM.

FreeBSD Efika Project completed

FreeBSD 8.4-BETA1 available for testing

The FreeBSD developers have announced the availability of the first BETA build for the FreeBSD-8.4 release . ISO images for the amd64, i386 and pc98 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

Since the stable/8 branch is relatively mature we hope there will only be one BETA build for this release cycle. If testing does not turn up any show-stopper caliber problems the next test build will be RC1.