July 2017 FreeBSD Release Engineering Update

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team released FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE on July 26, which is the second release from the stable/11 branch, building upon the stability and reliability of 11.0-RELEASE. For more information on what has happened since 11.0-RELEASE, please visit

2017 Essen Hackathon Trip Report: Benedict Reuschling

On the weekend of the G20 summit in Hamburg, a different and more peaceful meeting happened in the Linuxhotel in Essen, Germany. For the third time now, FreeBSD developers, users, and enthusiasts spend the weekend to hack on the operating system and exchange ideas.

Announcing Our New FreeBSD Foundation Partnership Program

I’m excited to announce our new FreeBSD Foundation Partnership Program! Our work is supported 100% by donations from individuals and organizations.

June 2017 Projects Development Update
June 2017 Projects Development Update Anne Dickison 06/30/2017

One of the ways the Foundation supports FreeBSD is by providing development grants for work on individual projects. These allow developers to propose projects they would like to undertake to improve FreeBSD, and request funding to perform that work. The Foundation is always willing to receive proposals, but will occasionally issue a call for proposals to highlight specific areas of focus and to be able to collect and evaluate a group of proposals.

Conference Recap: BSDCan 2017/FreeBSD Developers Summit

One of our initiatives is to assist in providing face-to-face knowledge sharing and development opportunities around the world. One way we do this is by sponsoring BSD-related conferences and FreeBSD Developer and Vendor Summits. We recently sponsored both BSDCan 2017 and the FreeBSD Developer and Vendor Summit in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, which took place June 7-10, 2017. Many of our board and staff members attended the summit and conference to run tutorials, give presentations, lead sessions, work with developers, give demos, and share knowledge.

Conference Recap: OSCON 2017
Conference Recap: OSCON 2017 Anne Dickison 06/29/2017

I represented the FreeBSD Foundation at OSCON 2017, which took place May 8-11,2017, in Austin, TX.

The Foundation booth was also staffed by Brad Davis and Doug Mcintire from Netgate. We met up Wednesday morning to set up the table. We were part of a “nonprofit pavilion” which consisted of eight or so tables, located between Open Camps and Operation Code. Open Camps hosts 40+ conferences per year across dozens of open source projects. Operation code aids military, vets, and their families learn coding and web technologies.

Rootconf 2017 Trip Report: Philip Paeps
Rootconf 2017 Trip Report: Philip Paeps Anne Dickison 06/28/2017

In mid-May I presented at Rootconf 2017 in Bangalore. Rootconf is India’s principal conference where systems and operations engineers share real world knowledge about building reliable systems.

EuroBSDcon 2017 Travel Grant Application Now Open

The Travel Grant Application for EuroBSDcon 2017 is now open. The Foundation can help you attend EuroBSDcon 2017  through our travel grant program. Travel grants are available to FreeBSD developers and advocates who need assistance with travel expenses for attending conferences related to FreeBSD development. EuroBSDcon applications are due on August 2, 2017. Find out more and apply today!

ZFS: The Last Filesystem You Will Ever Need

Guest post contributed by Allan Jude

ZFS was designed to be the last filesystem. Unlike other file systems, that were designed to be used for the next 10 years, ZFS was designed to last. Instead of being built with limits to outlast the next decade, ZFS was designed with scalable data structures that not only avoided limits on how big your volume or disks could be, but also to avoid limiting how many filesystems, volumes, and disks you could have. 

Happy FreeBSD Day
Happy FreeBSD Day Anne Dickison 06/19/2017

It’s FreeBSD Day!

June 19th has been declared FreeBSD Day! We hope you’ll join us in honoring The FreeBSD Project’s pioneering legacy and continuing impact on technology. Find out more about FreeBSD Day and how you can help us celebrate here.

In the meantime, take a minute to check out just some of the reasons people love FreeBSD.