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).

PC-BSD announces pkgng Package Repository for PC-BSD and FreeBSD 9.1

pc-bsd logo 100x100The 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)

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