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)
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 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).
The PC-BSD Project has announced the details on how to access their new PKGNG repository, for PC-BSD and FreeBSD 9.1-Release systems.
“This package repository is frequently updated, usually bi-weekly, with the latest and greatest from the FreeBSD ports tree. We will be using this repository for the PC-BSD rolling release edition, but it can also be used anywhere else you need packages on a PC-BSD or FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE system. This can include FreeBSD, TrueOS, PC-BSD, Jails and more. Getting setup to use this new repository is easy, and only requires minimal configuration.
For detailed instructions, take a look at the step-by-step directions on the PC-BSD wiki.” (pcbsd blog)
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.
- 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
- 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
The FreeBSD Foundation has announced it will invest $1,000,000 this year to fund FreeBSD development and the promotion of it.
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!
The first RC build for the FreeBSD-8.4 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, i386 and pc98 architectures are available:
Full announcement: FreeBSD 8.4-RC1 Now Available
Chris Buechler announced version 2.0.3 of pfSense today.
I’m happy to announce the release of pfSense 2.0.3. This is a maintenance release with some bug and security fixes since 2.0.2 release. You can upgrade from any previous release to 2.0.3.
Check the announcement for a long list with improvements and updates: pfSense 2.0.3 Release Now Available!