FreeBSD Foundation Activities

January-March 2014

Happy New Year! We have our final fundraising results from 2013 and are pleased with the results. In 2013 we raised $768,562 from 1659 donors. We have already started our 2014 fundraising efforts and our goal is to raise $1,000,000. Please make your investment in FreeBSD now, by making a donation today! Click here to make a donation.

January-December 2013

We were a sponsor of the Open ZFS Developer Summit November 18th and 19th.

We were proud to be a sponsor of the first vBSDcon 2013. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table to make a donation. We raised just over $1,300!

As part of our mission to serve the FreeBSD community, we have increased our efforts to educate people on FreeBSD. One of these efforts was to fund a project to produce white papers on using FreeBSD in different applications. Here's our first one called Managed Services Using FreeBSD at NYI by Joseph Kong.

Glen Barber joined the foundation as a system administrator and to help with release engineering. Click here to read more.

We were proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of EuroBSDCon 2013 that was in Malta, September 28-29. We provided travel grants to 7 developers to attend the conference and developer summit.

We recently sponsored the Bay Area Vendor Summit

We sponsored the 2013 Cambridge Developer Summit and we provided 2 travel grants to developers.

We were a sponsor for the FreeBSD 20th Anniversary Party that was held on Nov 2nd in San Francisco.

This last quarter we attended LinuxFest, FOSSCON, Ohio LinuxFest, and LinuxCo to promote FreeBSD.

We've published our 2013 Semi-Annual Newsletter! Click here to see what we're doing to make FreeBSD the best OS available!

We're pleased to announce we hired Ed Maste as our part-time Director of Project Development! Click here to find out more.

We've added our second technical staff member and we are funding an iSCSI project!Click here to find out more!

We are pleased to be a Gold Sponsor of BSDCan 2013, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 17th-18th. We are also sponsoring the Developer Summit. Please stop by our table to say hi and pick up some cool swag.

We are also a Platinum Sponsor of EuroBSDCon 2013 in Malta, September 28-29.

We are pleased to announce that Konstantin Belousov has been hired as our first full-time member of technical staff, a key milestone of our investment in staff for 2013. Click here to find out more.

We are pleased to announce that Semihalf, an embedded solutions company, has been awarded a grant to develop transparent superpages support for the FreeBSD/arm architecture. Click here to find out more.

We are pleased to announce that Benno Rice has been awarded a grant to implement the ability to boot FreeBSD in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot environment. Click here to find out more.

We were pleased to be a sponsor of AsiaBSDCon 2013 March 14-17, 2013, in Tokyo, Japan.

Completed the Porting FreeBSD to the Genesi Efika MX SmartBook laptop and SmartTop nettop devices project.

We are accepting travel grant applications for BSDCan 2013. If interested please fill out the Travel Grant application by April 17, 2013 to apply for this grant. Find out more...

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table at SCALE. We raised $320!

Completed the project that implemented the ability to boot FreeBSD in the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot environment. Click here to find out more.

January-December 2012

We're pleased to announce the publication of our End-of-Year Newsletter!

Please enjoy our next installment of our Faces of FreeBSD Series.

We're thrilled to kick-off our Faces of FreeBSD Series. Click here to read our first story.

We are officially kicking off our Year-End Fundraising Drive! This year our goal is to raise $500,000. Click here to make a donation. It's super easy!

We are pleased to announce that Aleksandr Rybalko has been awarded a grant to port FreeBSD to the Genesi Efika MX SmartBook laptop and SmartTop nettop devices. Click here to find out more.

We were proud to be a Gold Sponsor of EuroBSDCon 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

We also sponsored the Bay Area Vendor Summit in November.

We are accepting travel grant applications for EuroBSDCon 2012. Click here to find out more.

We're pleased to announce the publication of our semi-annual newsletter. Take a moment to read about what the Foundation has been doing.

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Pawel Jakub Dawidek has been awarded a grant to develop a comprehensive userspace framework for writing Capsicum-based applications.

The Foundation is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of EuroBSDCon 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.

The FreeBSD Foundation prepares launch of East Coast Mirror at NYI, joint press release.

We are pleased to announce the completion of two foundation funded projects -- auditdistd by Pawel Jakub Dawidek and IPv6 Performance Analysis Project by Bjoern Zeeb.

We were pleased to be a sponsor of BSD-Day 2012 in Vienna Austria on May 5th, 2012.

We were proud to be a Gold Sponsor of BSDCan 2012, which was held in Ottawa, Canada, May 11-12, 2012.

We were proud to be a sponsor of AsiaBSDCon 2012, which was held in Tokyo, Japan, March 22-25, 2012.

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to officially announce that it has awarded Edward Tomasz Napierala a grant to implement growing filesystems online.

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Semihalf, an embedded solutions company, has been awarded a grant to bring their comprehensive NAND Flash file system and storage stack to FreeBSD.

We are pleased to announce the release of FreeBSD 9.0. And, we're proud to say we funded 7 of the new features in FreeBSD 9.0!

We are pleased to announce the addition of George Neville-Neil to its board of directors.

Deb Goodkin, our Director of Operations, was interviewed by bsdtalk.

Accepting travel grant applications for BSDCan 2012. If interested please fill out the Travel Grant application by April 6, 2012 to apply for this grant. Find out more...

Happy New Year! Wow, we are so incredibly grateful to the FreeBSD community. We surpassed our fund-raising goal and raised $426,292! And, checks are still coming in, so won't have the final number until mid-January. We are also happy to report that we had more donors than 2010!

Please let us know if we did not add your name to our donor list or if we spelled your name incorrectly. We do want to acknowledge all donations on this page, unless you prefer to be anonymous. You can let us know by sending an email to donations (at) freebsdfoundation (dot) org.

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded Paweł Jakub Dawidek a grant to implement auditdistd daemon.

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded Bjoern Zeeb a grant to analyze the performance of FreeBSD's IPv6 stack. This project is jointly sponsored with iXsystems.

Accepting travel grant applications for AsiaBSDCon 2012. If interested please fill out the Travel Grant application by February 20, 2012 to apply for this grant. Find out more...

January-December 2011

We are pleased to announce the publication of our End-of-Year Newsletter!

Please take a moment to read an informative article about the Foundation, by Dru Lavigne, in this month's BSD Magazine.

We have officially kicked off our end-of-year fundraising campaign! Please take a minute to read our campaign letter and consider making a donation.

Take a minute to read trip reports from EuroBSDCon travel grant recipients.

Thank you to everyone who made a donation at EuroBSDCon. We raised over $1,100! We've added your names to our donor list. If you made a donation and don't see your name or we've misspelled it, please send an email to donations (at) freebsdfoundation (dot) org.

The Foundation funded project Implementing locale APIs to enable porting libc++ by David Chisnal has completed!

We were a proud sponsor of KyivBSD 2011, September 24, in Kiev, Ukraine.

We were a Gold sponsor of EuroBSDCon 2011, in Maarssen, The Netherlands. We sponsored 6 developers to attend the conference. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and made a donation.

We are funding two new projects that started this month. The first is DIFFUSE for FreeBSD by Swinburne University and the second project is implementing xlocale APIs to enable porting libc++ by David Chisnall.

We're pleased to be a sponsor of KyivBSD 2011, September 24, in Kiev, Ukraine.

We're proud to be a sponsor of EuroBSDCon 2011, in Maarssen, The Netherlands. Stop by our table and say hi. We'll have cool Swag to give you for a cool donation!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a travel grant application for EuroBSDCon. We have sent out our decisions. Please contact us if you haven't heard from us!

Improving the maturity of IPv6 support in FreeBSD and PC-BSD. Click here to find out more.

Implementing support of GEM, KMS, and DRI for Intel Drivers. Click here to find out more.

Check out what we've been doing this year by reading our 2011 semi-annual newsletter!

We're pleased to announce the addition of Ed Maste to our Board of Directors. Ed has been involved with FreeBSD since 2003. And, has been a committer since 2005. Ed leads the OS team at Sandvine and is responsible for a number of developers who bring enhancements from FreeBSD into Sandvine's OS and contribute their own changes back to FreeBSD.

We acquired a non-exclusive copyright license to the libcxxrt C++ runtime software from PathScale.

The FreeBSD Foundation and iXsystems announced their commitment to support the efforts of World IPv6 Day to accelerate global IPv6 deployment. Click here to read the press release.

We were pleased to be a sponsor of BSDCan 2011, May 13-17, in Ottawa Canada. A big thank you goes out to everyone who stopped by our table and made a donation. We raised over $1,000.

We are pleased to be a sponsor of AsiaBSDCon 2011, March 17-20, in Tokyo Japan.

Completed the Five New TCP Congestion Control Algorithms project.

Completed implementing resource containers and a simple per-jail resource limits mechanism project. Click here to find out more.

We're pleased to announce the donation of EX4200 switches from Juniper Networks to the new Project's US East Coast site. Click here to find out more.

We're pleased to announce the completion of the Five New TCP project. Click here to find out more.

Accepting travel grant applications for BSDCan 2011. If interested please fill out the Travel Grant application by April 15, 2011 to apply for this grant. Find out more...

We're pleased to announce that the University of Melbourne has been awarded a grant to implement support of feed-forward clock synchronization algorithms.

We are pleased to announce a call for project proposals. We will accept proposals until February 15th. Please read Project Proposal Procedures to find out what needs to be included in your proposal.

January- December 2010

Improvements to BSNMP project has completed. Click here to find out more.

Our End-of-Year Newsletter is now available! Read about all the projects we've funded, conferences we've sponsored, and more during our 10th year of supporting the FreeBSD Project and community.

We were proud to be a sponsor of NYCBSDCon 2010. We raised around $200.

Thank you to everyone who made a donation at MeetBSD California 2010! We raised over $300. We were proud to be sponsor of this conference.

We kicked off our 2010 End-of-Year Fundraising Campaign! Please help us meet our fundraising goal of $350,000. Click here to find out more.

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Swinburne University of Technology's Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures has been awarded a grant to implement Five new TCP Congestion Control Algorithms in FreeBSD.

We were proud to be a sponsor of BSDday Argentina 2010 Nov. 5-6, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

DAHDI FreeBSD driver port project has completed. Click here to find out more.

We were also proud to be a sponsor of KyivBSDCon in Kiev, Ukraine, September 25, 2010.

Announcing FreeBSD Foundation Turns to NYI for East Coast US Mirror! Click here to find out more.

We're pleased to announce the completion of the DAHDI/FreeBSD project. Click here to find out more.

We're pleased to announce the completion of the userland DTrace support project. Click here to find out more.

We're pleased to announce the completion of the foundation funded FreeBSD Jail Based Virtualization project. Click here to find out more.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a travel grant application for EuroBSDCon 2010. We have sent our decisions to all applicants. If you have sent us an application and have not heard from us yet, then please email deb freebsdfoundation org.

We are pleased to announce a new project that we are funding for 2010. Max Khon has been awarded a grant to finish the DAHDI FreeBSD driver port. Click here to find out more.

Lawrence Stewart completed his project that made improvements to the FreeBSD TCP stack. Click here to find out more.

Edward Napierala has been awarded a grant to implement resource containers and a simple per-jail resource limits mechanism. Click here to find out more.

Rui Paulo has been awarded a grant to add DTrace userland support to FreeBSD. Click here to find out more.

Thank you to everyone who made a donation at BSDCan! We brought in over $800 in donations. Your names will be added to our donor list soon.

Our financial reports for Q1 have been published. Find out more...

We are funding a project to provide FreeBSD with support for Flattened Device Tree Technology. This project just completed!

We are working to upgrade the project's network testbed with 10Gigabit interconnects. Cisco has generously donated a 10Gigabit switch and we have received network adapters from Myricom, Neterion, Intel, and Chelsio. Adapters from other vendors are being solicited so that we can do interoperability testing.

The FreeBSD Foundation sponsored FreeBSD Lectures Captioning Project has been completed! Find out more...

We were pleased to be a Gold Sponsor of BSDCan 2010 This conference will be held in Ottawa, Ontario May 11-14, 2010.

We are pleased to announce that Erwin Lansing has joined our board of directors. Find out more...

Thank you to everyone who submitted a project proposal. We are very busy reviewing them and will send out decisions by April 1.

Accepting travel grant applications for BSDCan 2010. If interested please fill out the Travel Grant application by April 9, 2010 to apply for this grant. Find out more...

We are pleased to be a sponsor of AsiaBSDCon 2010. This conference will be held in Tokyo, March 11-14, 2010.

We are very excited to announce the HAST project has been completed. Click here to read about the project.

Our End-of-Year Newsletter is now available! Please take a moment to read about projects we're funding, conferences we funded, developers we sponsored, and much more.

We received $1640 in donations in memory of John Birrell. We have setup DonateNow to allow you to make a donation on behalf of or in memory of someone. Click here to make a donation.

Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone who made those last minute donations to help us get mucher closer to our fund-raising goal. We've updated all the PayPal and DonateNow donations to total almost $270k. We will have our final numbers in a week or so, once we receive all the checks for 2009.

Sept-Dec 2009

We are overwhelmed by the incredible response we have received from the FreeBSD community! We have received over $254k in donations by 833 donors. Less than $50k needed to meet our goal. Please help us continue supporting the FreeBSD Project and community by making a donation. If you are mailing a check please make sure it is post-marked by December 31, 2009 to count as a 2009 donation.

We were pleased to be a sponsor of EuroBSDCon 2009 in Cambridge, UK. We sponsored 9 FreeBSD developers and users to attend the conference. Thank you to everyone who donated to the foundation. We received around $1600 in donations from 48 donors.

We were also a sponsor of KyivBSD '09 in Kiev, Ukraine. This was a one day conference focused on FreeBSD and PC-BSD.

June-Aug 2009

We are pleased to announce the addition of Dru Lavigne to our board of directors. Dru brings with her years of experience as a writer, FreeBSD advocate, and FreeBSD administrator teacher.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a travel grant application for EuroBSDCan. If you submitted an application you should be hearing from us soon.

Our 2009 Semi-Annual newsletter is now available! Check it out to find out what we are doing to help the FreeBSD Project and community.

We are pleased to announce another project that we are funding. Ed Schouten has been awarded a grant to write a new console driver for the FreeBSD Project. Click here to find out more.

We are pleased to announce another project from our recently accepted project proposals! Mark Linimon has been awarded a grant to prototype a new problem reporting system for the FreeBSD project. Click here to find out more.

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce the following changes to its officers on the board of directors following its annual meeting in early June: Justin Gibbs will be taking the position of president following several years as vice president; Sam Leffler will be taking the position of vice president; Deb Goodkin will be continuing as Secretary and Treasurer. Robert Watson has stepped down as president, but will continue as a member of the board of directors, as will Paul Saab and Hiroki Sato.

We had another successful event at BSDCan 2009. We had some interesting discussions on potential projects and fund-raising opportunities. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and "bought" a hat and/or flashlight. We raised over $800 at this event. Find out more in our July newsletter, coming soon.

We are pleased to announce another project from our recently accepted project proposals! Arnar Mar Sig has been awarded a grant to develop AVR32 support for FreeBSD. Click here to find out more.

Our Q1 financial reports are now available on our website.

Announcing our first accepted project from the recently accepted project proposals! Rui Paulo will be implementing the forthcoming IEEE 802.11s wireless mesh standard for FreeBSD. Click here to find out more.

We were proud to be a Gold Sponsor of BSDCan 2009, which was held May 8-9 at the University of Ottawa. We also sponsored the Developer Summit that will preceded the conference.

We proudly sponsored 7 developers to attend BSDCan this year.

February-May 2009

We are pleased to announce that we accepted three projects to fund. These projects were selected from a strong pool of project proposals we received from our recent call for proposals. We will be announcing the projects once we have contracts in place.

We are pleased to announce that the domain name freebsd.org is now owned by the foundation. This is part of our policy to protect the interests and IP of the project.

Our Q1 financial reports are now available on our website.

Announcing our first accepted project from the recently accepted project proposals! Rui Paulo will be implementing the forthcoming IEEE 802.11s wireless mesh standard for FreeBSD. Click here to find out more.

We are pleased to announce that we accepted three projects to fund. These projects were selected from a strong pool of project proposals we received from our recent call for proposals. We will be announcing the projects once we have contracts in place.

We are proud to be a Gold Sponsor of BSDCan 2009, which will be held May 8-9 at the University of Ottawa. We are also sponsoring the Developer Summit that will precede the conference. Stop by our table to meet some of our board members. We have some cool items to give you when you make a donation!

We are proudly sponsoring 7 developers to attend BSDCan this year.

January 2009

Happy New Year! Our final 2008 fundraising total was $282,481! We would like to thank everyone who made a donation in 2008. The FreeBSD community really came through for us.

Our 2009 fundraising goal is $300,000. We have already received over $1700 in donations this year. And we have listed these donors on our donor page.

Our End-of-Year Newsletter is now available! Click here to read about how we've supported the FreeBSD Project and community this year.

FreeBSD Foundation president, Robert Watson, recently presented a Foundation status update at the MeetBSD 2008 conference in Mountain View, California. You can listen to Robert's talk on YouTube, by clicking here.

The foundation is currently funding three projects. They are improving the FreeBSD TCP stack, tolerating the removal of active disk devices, and the third will be announced soon. Click here to read more.

The network stack virtualization project has been completed. Click here to find out what was involved with this project.

December 2008

Our End-of-Year Newsletter is now available! Click here to read about how we've supported the FreeBSD Project and community this year.

FreeBSD Foundation president, Robert Watson, recently presented a Foundation status update at the MeetBSD 2008 conference in Mountain View, California. You can listen to Robert's talk on YouTube, by clicking here.

The FreeBSD Foundation is very pleased to announce the next in a series of developer grants. The project involves making improvements to the FreeBSD TCP stack. Click here to read more.

We are pleased to announce continued funding of the network stack virtualization project, made possible by a grant from NLNet. Click here to read more.

We're pleased to announce our first funded project from the accepted project proposals. Click here to read more. We will be announcing other projects soon.

Announcing a new Fund-raising goal for 2008. Our dollar amount is the same, but we've added a new goal of 1000 donors for this year. This incentive is to help us maintain our public charity status.

We are kicking off our End-of-Year Fund Raising Drive! Our goal this year is to raise over $300,000. Go to our Donate Page to find out how to make a donation.

We proudly sponsored NYCBSDCon Oct. 11-12, EuroBSDCon Oct. 18-19, and meetBSD Nov. 15-16.

June-November 2008

We were proud to be a sponsor of NYCBSDCon Oct. 11-12, 2008.

We were also proud to be a sponsor of EuroBSDCon 2008 Oct. 18-19, 2008 in Strasbourg, France.

Java 1.6 installable packages are now available! These are Java 1.6 certified binaries for FreeBSD 6.3 and 7.0.

Our Semi-Annual Newsletter is now available! Check out what the foundation has been up to this year.

If you have a few minutes, check out the bsdtalk interview with Justin Gibbs. It's a great opportunity to find out about our history, what we have done, and where we are headed.

The FreeBSD Foundation was proud to sponsor AsiaBSDCon 2008 and BSDCan 2008 this year.

BSDCan 2008 was a success. We were proud to be a sponsor of this international BSD conference. We also sponsored the FreeBSD Developer Summit that was held for the two days prior to the conference. We were pleased to be able to provide ten travel grants for developers to attend the conference.

We had a table at BSDCan where, for a donation, we gave away very stylish foundation baseball caps and books that were donated from No Starch Press. We received $1715 in donations, including $290 from iXsystems.

We held our annual board meeting and reelected the current directors and officers. We also had a chance to meet with many developers to discuss current and potential projects.

January 2008

We are pleased to announce we raised over $400,000 in 2007! That's 4 times what we raised in 2006. Thank you to everyone who made a donation. We couldn't support the project and community without you.

If you made a non-anonymous donation and don't see your name on our donors page, please send an email to donations (at) freebsdfoundation (dot) org.

People are asking how we're going to spend the funds. We are in the process of creating our 2008 budget. We should have this available by the beginning of February.

Our 2007 Profit/Loss and Balance Sheet are now available.

December 2007

We are pleased to announce our December 2007 newsletter is now available. Click here to read about our fundraising efforts, company testimonials, grants awarded for 2007, and more.

The FreeBSD Foundation is kicking off our End-of-Year Fund Raising Drive! Your financial support is critical for the FreeBSD Project. Please help us keep FreeBSD free. Click here to donate (any amount will help). And thank you for your continued support of the FreeBSD Foundation.

Congratulations to Marshall Kirk McKusick, who was the highest bidder at our auction for the first copy of the book, Absolute FreeBSD by Michael Lucas. The winning bid was $600, and the foundation was pleased to receive the full amount towards our fundraising efforts. The book was generously donated by Michael Lucas and No Starch Press. We'd like to thank Kirk and all the people out there who bid on the book and helped with the auction. This was a very exciting event to kick off our Fall Fund-Raising Campaign!

Join the foundation's mailing list to keep up-to-date with our news. We plan on sending quarterly updates on topics like fundraising efforts, project status, and grant information.

November 2007

The Improving the Hardware Performance Counter Support Project, that was a joint development project with Google, Inc., has been completed by Joseph Koshy. The goal of the project was the addition of callgraph support in hwpmc driver. Click here to find out more about the project and how to access the code.

We are pleased to announce we have added a new online donation service, called DonateNow. You can now make monthly, quarterly, or yearly donations automatically. To find out more about this service, go to our donations page. We also added Google Checkout, which is another option for donating without any service fees.

October 2007

We're kicking off our Fall Fund-Raising Campaign! And to start it off, we're going to auction off the first copy of Absolute FreeBSD, graciously donated by the author Michael Lucas and the publisher, No Starch Press. Click here to find the listing on eBay. The bidding will end Nov. 2. Please note that shipping is free anywhere in the world. All proceeds will go to the Foundation. The service is offered through MissionFish, which will keep a small percentage of the donation. More details can be found in the press release (PDF).

We have a new address! Please send all correspondence to:

The FreeBSD Foundation
P.O. Box 20247
Boulder, CO 80308
USA

The FreeBSD Foundation was proud to be a sponsor for the EuroBSDCon 2007 Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. EuroBSDCon is the main European BSD conference where members from all BSD teams meet and share experience and first hand knowledge with the users of BSD systems. We were also pleased to provide travel grants to two FreeBSD developers.

May-September 2007

The FreeBSD Foundation negotiated a joint development agreement with Google, Inc. to sponsor FreeBSD developer Joseph Koshy to improve FreeBSD's HWPMC implementation, including adding stacktrace support, and a donation of SMP hardware for future SMP scalability work. We greatly appreciate Google's support for this project, which will facilitate performance measurement and optimization of both the FreeBSD operating system and applications running on it. This project has been successfully completed!

The Foundation was proud to be a Gold Sponsor of BSDCan 2007. We also provided four travel grants to FreeBSD developers. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and gave a donation. We raised over $1600 in donations! We would also like to thank No Starch Press for donating 10 copies of the book "Building BSD Rootkits". We were able to provide these books for donations of $30 or more.

The FreeBSD Foundation added Paul Saab to its board of directors. Paul has been actively involved in the project since 2000.

Would you like to have a link to your website on our donor page? We now will include your link with a $5000 or more donation to the foundation. Your logo will be included for donations of $10,000 or more. Click here for more details.

Feb.-April, 2007

The Foundation is pleased to announce our 2007 Q1 financial data has been published.

The Foundation is a proud sponsor of BSDCan 2007. Stop by and say hi at our booth. With a $30 or more donation, you can receive a copy of the book "Building BSD Rootkits". Ten copies of these books were generously donated from No Starch Press.

We have extended our deadline for accepting travel grant applications for BSDCan 2007. If you are a FreeBSD developer and need help with travel expenses, please fill out and submit a Travel Grant Request Form by April 20, 2007. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Thank you to everyone who applied for a travel grant for AsiaBSDCon. With the help of the conference committee everyone who applied received funding.

The Foundation helped with the FreeBSD booth at SCALE Feb. 10-11. Thanks to everyone who made a donation at the booth! Check out Jem Matzan's interview with FreeBSD Foundation Director, Sam Leffler.

We have published our 2007 budget. The budget is based on the funds available at the beginning of the year. We were hoping to set our budget at $211,000, which represents a 10% increase from last year's spending. But, we want to stay conservative, and watch how our fundraising efforts go this year. We have set our 2007 fundraising goal to $250,000. Part of this funding will help offset the loss from last year.

Would you like to have a link to your website on our donor page? We now will include your link with a $5000 or more donation to the foundation. Your logo will be included for donations of $10,000 or more. Click here for more details.

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce it is a sponsor of AsiaBSDCon 2007. This BSD conference will be in Tokyo, Japan, March 2007.

January, 2007

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to present its December newsletter. Please take a few minutes to read what we have been up to for the last 6 months.

We are working to upgrade the project's network testbed with 10Gigabit interconnects. Cisco has generously donated a 10Gigabit switch and we have received network adapters from Myricom, Neterion, Intel, and Chelsio. Adapters from other vendors are being solicited so that we can do interoperability testing.

The FreeBSD Foundation has negotiated a joint technology development agreement with NLNet and the University of Zagreb to develop virtualized network stack support for FreeBSD. With the generous sponsorship of NLNet, the FreeBSD Foundation has contracted Marko Zec at the University of Zagreb with the goal of producing a prototype implementation on FreeBSD 7-CURRENT in early 2007.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the FreeBSD Foundation in 2006! We raised a total of $100,714. Plus, we also received commitments totalling $45,000 towards this fundraiser. The funds will be received in 2007, so these donations will count towards our 2007 fundraising numbers. Once we have created our 2007 budget, we will create a new 2007 fundraising meter. We've already received over $1200 in donations for 2007! Please consider donating for 2007 now, to help us meet our budget for this year.

The Foundation is now accepting travel grant applications for AsiaBSDCon. If you are a FreeBSD developer and need help with travel expenses, please fill out and submit a Travel Grant Request Form by January 26, 2007. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Though we would like to support everyone who applies, priority will be given to FreeBSD developers speaking at the conference. Due to constrained resources, we would appreciate if developers could look to their employers first for sponsorship or cost-splitting.

We are in the process of adding a grant recipient page to our website.

The Foundation is continuing to provide Java binaries with the latest updates from Sun.

December, November 2006

We are finishing up our 2006 Fundraising Campaign right now. Keep track of our progress, by checking out our fundraising meter, that is updated daily. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

The FreeBSD Foundation added a Donors List on our website. To show our appreciation we would like to acknowledge the individuals and businesses that have donated to the foundation in 2006 and 2007 by listing their names on our website. We understand that some of our contributors would like to remain anonymous. To respect the wishes of the anonymous donors, we will treat all previous donations (prior to Nov. 14 2006) as anonymous, unless you give us permission to publish your name. If you donated to the foundation in 2006 and your name is not listed, please email us at donations at freebsdfoundation dot org to give us permission to publish your name on our website.

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce it is a sponsor of The BSD Certification Group.

The FreeBSD Foundation was a proud sponsor of the EuroBSDCon 2006 Conference in Milan, Italy. EuroBSDCon is the main european BSD conference where members from all BSD teams meet and share experience and first hand knowledge with the users of BSD systems.

The FreeBSD Foundation selected 6 applicants to receive travel grants to help with their travel expenses for attending EuroBSDCon

October, 2006: Financials, Trademark Guidelines Update, IBM Bladeserver Project

The Foundation has coordinated a project to support the IBM Bladeserver platform.

The Foundation provided updated Java binaries with the latest updates from Sun.

The Foundation has been vigilant in its responsibility of protecting the FreeBSD trademarks. We have created a set of guidelines that businesses, organizations, and individuals must follow in order to have permission to use the trademarks. We'd like to thank all the companies, organizations, developers, authors, website owners, and other individuals who have been so cooperative towards seeking permission to use the trademarks. By following our usage guidelines you are helping to protect the image and integrity of the FreeBSD products and services. We'd also like to thank the FreeBSD community for helping identify unauthorized use of the trademarks.

As stewards of the FreeBSD project, we have the responsibility of managing the financial resources of the community. As a continued effort to keep the FreeBSD community informed on how we spend their money, we publish our financial data quarterly. We are pleased to announce we have published our 2006 Q1-Q3 financial data on our website.

The Trademark Usage Terms and Conditions documentation was updated August 21. Please make sure if you have been granted permission to use any of the Foundation's trademarks, that you review this document again.

September, 2006: EuroBSDCon and Travel Grants

The FreeBSD Foundation is proud to announce it is a sponsor for the EuroBSDCon 2006 Conference in Milan, Italy. EuroBSDCon is the main european BSD conference where members from all BSD teams meet and share experience and first hand knowledge with the users of BSD systems.

The Foundation is now accepting travel grant applications for EuroBSDCon. We will be providing a limited number of travel grants to individuals requesting assistance with travel expenses. Please fill out and submit the Travel Grant Request Form by October 6 to apply for this grant.

Though we would like to support everyone who applies, priority will be given to FreeBSD developers speaking at the conference. Due to constrained resources, we would appreciate if developers could look to their employers first for sponsorship or cost-splitting.

NOTE: The deadline for submitting Travel Grant Request Forms for EuroBSDCon is October 6, 2006.

The Trademark Usage Terms and Conditions documentation was updated August 21. Please make sure if you have been granted permission to use any of the Foundation's trademarks, that you review this document again.

July/August, 2006: Java

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce the release of certified Java Runtime Environment(JRE) and Java Development Kit (JDK) binaries for the FreeBSD 5.5 and 6.1 operating systems. For this release we added support for the AMD64 architecture. Built on the latest J2SE 5.0 Update 7 release from Sun Microsystems, this new distribution delivers on the FreeBSD Foundation's promise to make FreeBSD a robust platform for the development and deployment of Java applications. Click here to read the press release.

The Foundation was pleased to support the Sun4v project by assisting with a donation from Sun of 2 Sun T1000 servers. The servers will be setup at Yahoo. The goals of the project are:

  • Offer Sun4v as a viable deployment platform for users of FreeBSD in the data center.
  • Scale FreeBSD to 32 cpus for common applications.

There are currently 3 developers working with the platform, and this donation will allow the project to add two more developers to work directly with the platform.

June, 2006: Java, Trademark Guidelines

Java binaries that support FreeBSD 5.5/i386, 6.1/i386, and 6.1/amd64 will be available by mid-July! Stay tuned for an announcement to be sent out to the project when these are available.

Java™ OEM binaries are now available! Please make sure you read the license agreement including Exhibit A at the bottom. Exhibit A will help you understand if you will need a commercial license from Sun and how to get a trademark license with Sun.

The Trademark Usage Terms and Conditions documentation is now available. Please review this document before using the trademarks 'FreeBSD' or the FreeBSD Logo.

Thank you to all the companies, organizations, developers, authors, website owners, and other individuals who have been so cooperative towards seeking permission to use the trademarks. By following our usage guidelines you are helping to protect the image and integrity of the FreeBSD products and services. To help you with the use of the trademark, we plan to add a trademark FAQ soon to our website.

May, 2006: BSDCan

The Foundation was a proud sponsor of BSDCan 2006. Three members of the Foundation attended the conference this year in Ottawa, Ontario. This was the first time we had a table or booth at a conference. We appreciate all of the developers who stopped by to introduce themselves. It was great being able to put faces with names. And, it gave us a chance to talk about how we can help the FreeBSD project and community. Many people contributed to our donation jar and we received almost $600 USD in donations. Plus we received a commitment (which we have since received) from Yahoo! to donate a system for our Java amd64 project.

We sponsored 11 developers to attend the conference. Soon we will be posting grant recipients on our website and include excerpts of their trip reports. We also sponsored the highly successful FreeBSD Developer Summit.

March/April, 2006: Java Release, Coverity License Agreement

The FreeBSD Foundation is proud to announce the availability of certified Java 1.5 JDK and JRE binaries for FreeBSD 5.4 and 6.0! This is an example of how committed we are to supporting projects that enhance the FreeBSD operating system. Read our press release for more information. Also, check out Dru Lavigne's interview with FreeBSD Foundation's Deb Goodkin.

We are continuing to support more Java projects on FreeBSD, including certified releases for FreeBSD 5.5, FreeBSD 6.1, and added support for the amd64/em64t hardware platform.

The FreeBSD Foundation and Coverity, Inc., are pleased to announce the licensing of the Coverity Prevent™ static analysis software for use by the FreeBSD Project. The Prevent analysis tool provides for static C source code analysis, finding common patterns of source code bug, including bugs leading to crashes or security vulnerabilities. This agreement follows on the footsteps of a 12-month trial project applying the Coverity Prevent software to the FreeBSD kernel source code, and allows perpetual use and customization of the Prevent tool by the FreeBSD Project. Since the FreeBSD Foundation brought their FreeBSD Project's Prevent server online in mid-January, 90 kernel developers have registered to use the service, committing hundreds of bug fixes, many present in the upcoming FreeBSD 6.1 release, and will be expanding the application of the tool to cover additional system components.

February, 2006: BSDCan 2006 Sponsor

The FreeBSD Foundation is proud to announce it is a sponsor for the BSDCan 2006 Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. BSDCan is a technical conference for people working on and with 4.4 BSD based operating systems and related projects.

The Foundation will be sharing a booth with the FreeBSD project this year. Please stop by our booth to say hi and find out more about the Foundation.

The foundation will provide a limited number of travel grants to FreeBSD developers who would like to attend the conference on behalf of the FreeBSD Project. Go to http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/documents/TravelRequestForm.pdf for a travel grant application.

January, 2006: Foundation provides funding for Java 1.5 support

The FreeBSD Foundation has hired a contractor to work toward TCK certification of the 1.5.X Java JDK for FreeBSD 5.4/i386 and FreeBSD 6.0/i386.

December, 2005: Foundation Newsletter available now

The FreeBSD Foundation announces the publication of our December 2005 newsletter. Find out what the Foundation has accomplished in the last year. The newsletter includes status on FreeBSD projects like Java and Coverity, how to get grant applications, and how your contributions to the Foundation help the FreeBSD Project. To view the newsletter click here.

November, 2005: Grant Request and Expense Report Forms Now Available Online

Just in time for EuroBSDCon, the Foundation now has the following forms available on the Foundation Documents page: Grant Request, Travel Grant Request, and Expense Report Forms. If you are seeking help with travel expenses for EuroBSDCon, please fill out the Travel Grant Request Form as soon as possible.

October, 2005: Foundation Receives Generous Donation from Yahoo!

The Foundation is pleased to announce it received a generous donation from Yahoo!, of web server hardware and co-location space, for the Foundation Server.

September, 2005: EuroBSDCon 2005 Sponsor

The FreeBSD Foundation is proud to announce it is a sponsor for the EuroBSDCon 2005 conference in Basel, Switzerland. EuroBSDCon is the main european BSD conference where members from all BSD teams meet and share experience and first hand knowledge with the users of BSD systems.

The foundation will provide a limited number of travel grants to FreeBSD developers who would like to attend the conference on behalf of the FreeBSD Project. People interested in applying, please contact Deb Goodkin at deb (at) freeBSD (dot) org to request a Travel Grant Request Form.

September, 2005: Recent Travel Grants

The FreeBSD Foundation has provided travel grants to a number of FreeBSD developers to attend BSDCan 2005, MeetBSD 2005, and OSCON on behalf of the FreeBSD Project.

May, 2005: BSDCan, FreeBSD Developer Summit

Through the financial support of the FreeBSD Foundation, the FreeBSD Developer Summit at the BSDCan 2005 conference will bring FreeBSD developers from across the world together to plan future FreeBSD features and releases.

August, 2003: FreeBSD JDK and JRE 1.3.1 binary distributions

As a result of development and compliance sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation, as well as negotiation of a distribution license with Sun Microsystems, it is now possible to download binary installs of the Java Development Kit and Java Runtime Environment for the FreeBSD platform.

June, 2003: FreeBSD Developer Summit IV

The FreeBSD Foundation co-sponsored the fourth FreeBSD Developer Summit, held June 10-11, 2003, in San Antonio Texas. The summit brought together many of FreeBSD's key developers to discuss the FreeBSD 5.x development branch, as well as tentative plans for the future 6.x development branch. Many additional developers were able to participate by phone, webcast, and IRC.

FreeBSD JavaTM Development Resources

The global team of developers working toward a fully compliant FreeBSD Java port needed a central server to hold the source code repository. In September and October, 2002, the FreeBSD Foundation located donors for the necessary hardware, rack space, and network connectivity. The system is now fully deployed and is in use by the FreeBSD Java team.

FreeBSD Developer Summit III

The global team of developers working toward a fully compliant FreeBSD Java port needed a central server to hold the source code repository. In September and October, 2002, the FreeBSD Foundation located donors for the necessary hardware, rack space, and network connectivity. The system is now fully deployed and is in use by the FreeBSD Java team.

FreeBSD Developer Summit III

The FreeBSD Foundation co-sponsored the third FreeBSD Developer Summit, held June 11-12, 2002 in Monterey, California. The Summit brought together more than 20 FreeBSD developers to discuss the key architectural elements of current FreeBSD development. Many additional developers were able to participate by phone, webcast, and IRC. A recap of this important event can be found on the FreeBSD web site.

FreeBSD JavaTM Development Kit License

In August, 2001, the Foundation initiated negotiations with Sun Microsystems to license a FreeBSD version of Sun's Java Development Kit (JDK)TM and Java Runtime Environment (JRE)TM. Discussions with Sun continued into December. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the two parties, the license agreement was finalized in early December, 2001. The FreeBSD versions of the JDK and JRE are now undergoing the arduous technology compliance testing required by Sun. They will be made publicly available as soon as they have been certified 100% Java compliant.

The licensing of the Java Development Kit is a good example of one kind of project for which the support of the Foundation is ideal. The license agreement is a contract, and it can only be executed by a legally recognized entity such as an individual or a corporation. As an informal confederation of individuals, the FreeBSD Project itself has no legal standing. To execute contracts it needs a legal entity, and the FreeBSD Foundation fills that role.

The availability of a FreeBSD JDK license will benefit both the users and the developers of FreeBSD. As Java continues to grow in popularity, more and more software packages require it. With an officially licensed Java Development Kit, FreeBSD will gain better acceptance as the right choice of operating system for Java-based projects.

Stateful Filtering Extensions for IPFW

Prior to the creation of the FreeBSD Foundation its predecessor, FreeBSD, Inc., contracted with Luigi Rizzo to enhance FreeBSD's packet filtering facility with a stateful filtering feature. This was an oft-requested feature to enhance FreeBSD's ability to serve as an effective and flexible network firewall. The Foundation elected to assume responsibility for funding this contract. Under this arrangement, Luigi added the stateful filtering feature to the FreeBSD operating system early in 2000. Since then he has made ongoing enhancements to the code.