The July/August 2018 issue of the FreeBSD Journal is now available! The latest issue is focused on Big Data and features articles on High-performance Computing and FreeBSD, FreeBSD in Scientific Computing, pNFS, and more!
FreeBSD has long supported run-time microcode loading, although in a somewhat cumbersome fashion. Currently a userland tool makes use of a special kernel interface to inject new microcode, which has a couple of downsides. First, microcode is not loaded until well after the kernel has booted, which means that any security or stability improvements provided by a microcode update are not available until late in the boot process. Second, the microcode may revert to that provided by the system after suspend and resume, which is particularly problematic if the new microcode implements new features or control registers (because the registers will “disappear” after resume).
The Foundation team will be busy spreading the word about FreeBSD over the next month. Check out what the rest of the summer has in store for our team of global FreeBSD advocates. We hope to see you at these events.
A few weeks ago, most of the Foundation board and staff descended on Ottawa, to attend BSDCan and the preceding FreeBSD developer summit. We also held our annual board meeting the day before the developer summit, which made it a busy, but productive week for us.
The Travel Grant Application for EuroBSDcon 2018 is now open. The Foundation can help you attend EuroBSDcon through our travel grant program. Grants are available to FreeBSD developers and advocates who need assistance with travel expenses for attending conferences related to FreeBSD development
I couldn’t be more thrilled for the outcome of our first ever Foundation hosted FreeBSD Bootcamp on April 16. I’ve talked for years about developing workshops and training material for introducing new people to FreeBSD, and by working with some local FreeBSD contributors, we finally made it happen!
Happy FreeBSD Day everyone! June 19th has been declared FreeBSD Day, and this year we’re celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the FreeBSD Project. We hope you’ll join us in honoring the Project’s pioneering legacy and continuing impact on technology. Find out more about FreeBSD Day and how you can help us celebrate here.
BSDNow is celebrating FreeBSD at 25 with a retrospective. Sit back and check out over 6 hours of interviews from members of the FreeBSD community including a new interview with Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick from BSDcan 2018.
Hi, my name is Mitchell Horne. I am a computer engineering student at the University of Waterloo, currently in my third year of studies, and fortunate to have been one of the FreeBSD Foundation’s co-op students this past term (January to April). During this time I worked under Ed Maste, in the Foundation’s small Kitchener office, along with another co-op student Arshan Khanifar. My term has now come to an end, and so I’d like to share a little bit about my experience as a newcomer to FreeBSD and open-source development.
Calling all FreeBSD fans! June 19, 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the FreeBSD Project. To help celebrate, the Foundation is putting together a Project timeline and we need your help. Do you have a “FreeBSD First”? Fill out the form or send us an email with the name and date of the milestone.