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We are now accepting travel grant applications for BSDCan 2014! Get your application in soon, to be considered for a travel grant. Click here for more information.

The first issue of our new online magazine, the FreeBSD Journal is now available! We are thrilled with the positive response we are receiving. This first issue is all about FreeBSD 10. Get your subscription now by clicking here.

We're going to be at Great Wide Open, April 3-4.

We are proud to be a Gold+ Sponsor of BSDCan, May 16-17. Make sure you stop by our table and check out our new swag.

Check out the article on UEFI / Secure Boot work being done by two of our staff members.

FreeBSD Foundation and iXsystems collaborate to further the cause of high performance computing on FreeBSD.

We represented the Foundation at SCALE, Feb 21-23, in Los Angeles.

We were a proud sponsor of AsiaBSDCon 2014, March 15-16, in Tokyo, Japan. We had four board members attend the conference. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table and made a donation.

We were proud to be a Gold Sponsor for NYCBSDCon 2014, Feb 8, in New York City. It was a successful event and we were happy to receive some donations there.

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CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Projects Completed Last Quarter:

  • Capsicum
  • Casper daemon
  • Intel I/O Memory Management Unit driver

Current Projects Sponsored by The FreeBSD Foundation:

  • Native iSCSI Kernel Stack
  • Network Stack Layer 2 Modernization
  • Updated vt(9) system console
  • Automounter
  • Intel graphics driver update
  • Writing white papers about FreeBSD

Working on marketing literature in preparation for FreeBSD 10.

We are continuing our work on infrastructure projects to beef up hardware for package-building, network-testing, etc. This includes purchasing equipment as well as managing equipment donations.

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TESTIMONIALS

The FreeBSD ecosystem, the well-established framework for communication, tracking bugs, and the friendly community have made it easy and enjoyable to contribute.

– Brian Pawlowski, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NetApp www.netapp.com

Beyond its technical strengths, FreeBSD comes with an outstanding ecosystem of developers, vendors, and users who openly share expertise, talent, and technical improvements. Netflix has embraced this community and is committed to giving back its bug fixes and enhancements, thus completing the circle of community collaboration.

– David Fullagar, Director of Content Delivery Architecture, Netflix

We believe strongly that what is good for FreeBSD is good for our customers, and what is good for our customers is good for us. The BSD License allows us to both use and contribute code freely, and allows our customers and the consumers of FreeBSD to do the same. FreeBSD has benefited from years of open sharing and collaboration which have resulted in a stable, mature, high performance operating system.

– Josh Paetzel, Director of Information Technology, iXsystems, www.ixsystems.com

In short, FreeBSD is a stable, mature, high-performance operating system with an active development community free from licensing questions and concerns.

– Nicholas Kirsch, Director of Software Engineering, Isilon Systems www.isilon.com

The FreeBSD release system provides Juniper with a roadmap for features and a stable base for our code, while its practical licensing enables Juniper to develop intellectual property for advancing high-performance networking. Juniper employs many active FreeBSD developers that continually contribute to the FreeBSD project to further its development as a leading operating system.

– Naren Prabhu, Vice President Foundation Technologies, Juniper Networks www.juniper.net

About 3 years ago, Experts Exchange did extensive performance testing of our website on several flavors of Linux and UNIX, including FreeBSD 7. FreeBSD outperformed all other tested operating systems in both page load time metrics and Lucene search index performance testing.

– Andrew Alsup, Site Director, Experts Exchange, LLC., http://www.experts-exchange.com

From its inception, RideCharge has been entirely based on FreeBSD. By leveraging FreeBSD Jails for virtualization, we are able to maximize resources and expand dynamically. ZFS keeps our data safe and our deployments magically quick. Userland DTRACE in FreeBSD 9 is now an indispensable tool for troubleshooting issues in real-time. Even our Juniper firewalls and switches leverage FreeBSD through JUNOS (TM). iXsystems is incredibly helpful in recommending the correct setup and optimizing our technology resources to fit our needs for FreeBSD.

– Philip M. Gollucci, Director Operations, RideCharge/Taxi Magic, http://taximagic.com

The Apache Software Foundation makes use of both custom FreeBSD Tinderbox and FreeBSD Update servers to rapidly perform application and base system updates across multiple datacenters in an automated, quick, and efficient fashion.

– Philip M. Gollucci, past VP of Apache Infrastructure, http://www.apache.org

In addition to the robustness and scalability of the OS, we also value the immense support offered by the community and the FreeBSD ecosystem. FreeBSD truly exemplifies the way that the open source community is meant to work - a meritocracy in which the sum of the parts is greater than the individual pieces. Working with the community is continually a pleasure, and only enhances our ability to creatively develop our products. KACE continues to recognize the importance of the community through our enthusiastic support, and as we grow, we hope to develop more community members and participate in ways that deliver even greater benefits to all.

Simply put, FreeBSD makes this world a better place.

– Marty Kacin, Dell KACE CTO, Dell KACE, www.dell.com/KACE

Hobnob chose FreeBSD because it is the only operating system that truly supports our mission: Delivering fast and reliable network service to our customers.

– Aron Hall, CEO Hobnob, Inc., www.hobnob.com

You may not necessarily need to hear that FreeBSD is a reliable platform for running Internet services. But I think it's important to remember that software like FreeBSD is affecting the way that people live their lives every day, whether it's supporting businesses like ours, enabling hobbyists just getting into open source software, or any of the thousands of other "real world" roles it plays.

For much of the world, choice of operating system is an arbitrary decision to make. We believe that for us, it's made all the difference in building a successful business.

– Chris Hardie, co-founder, Summersault Website Development www.summersault.com

Developers that choose to colocate their servers with us also choose to install FreeBSD on their dedicated servers. The open source nature of the BSD license gives them the flexibility they need to develop innovative software. Plus, they have access to an enterprise level operating system that is free, has an active development community, and which lets them contribute their own skills to make the system better for their own development. We have asked several clients why they decided to use FreeBSD and the answer has always been the same: the cost and networking ability of the operating system rivals its commercial license competitors.

– Albert Ahdoot, Director of Business Development, http://www.colocationamerica.com/

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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

The FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3), US based, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and building the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. The Foundation gratefully accepts donations from individuals and businesses, using them to fund and manage projects, sponsor FreeBSD events, Developer Summits and provide travel grants to FreeBSD developers.

In addition, the Foundation represents the FreeBSD Project in executing contracts, license agreements, copyrights, trademarks, and other legal arrangements which require a recognized legal entity. The FreeBSD Foundation is entirely supported by donations.

The FreeBSD Foundation will support both the development and the popularization of FreeBSD, the world's best open source operating system.

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