EuroBSDCon 2019 was the first *BSD related conference that I have attended. Throughout the conference I decided that during my conversations I would randomly ask individuals if they were a FreeBSD developer. If the answer was yes, I would have them write their name on the hardcover of my copy of “The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System.” I also asked for them to state in a few words what they feel they have contributed the most to in *BSD. In order to keep it personal and creative there were no restrictions on what they could write. In the end I might of been remembered as the guy that was “annoying as a service…” – A copy of the page in question is available on demand.
Thanks to the FreeBSD Foundation, I was able to make the trip from Toronto to Ottawa to attend BSDCan 2019 and the FreeBSD developer summit. Following the conference, I also made it to a small hackathon held at the University of Waterloo. I work from home, which can create a sense of isolation despite the ability to easily communicate with colleagues over the Internet; conferences are thus an important way to recharge my enthusiasm for working on FreeBSD. This year’s BSDCan was not a disappointment: I attended a number of interesting talks, collaborated on some designs for future projects, and helped review and debug some code.
BSDCan 2019 report:
The FreeBSD Foundation kindly agreed to sponsor my flight to Canada for the BSDCan 2019 conference this year. I am extremely appreciative of this. It was my 3rd time attending BSDCan, my first one was long ago in 2005, and I really admire how much larger and professional the conference has become during recent years. Special thanks to Dan Langille for his efforts and work.
This is my trip report from BSDCan 2019, in Ottawa, Canada:
From May 15-16, I attended the FreeBSD Developer Summit and then attended BSDCan from May 17-18.
On the first day, we had presentations from The FreeBSD Foundation, Intel and NetApp. NetApp’s presentation was about their experience with Continuous Integration (CI) and Testing, it was a very nice talk and brought enlightenment to everyone who attended. I believe that the DevSummit presentations will be soon available on YouTube, and it is worth watching them.
With the 20th Anniversary of LinuxFest Northwest, April 26th-28th, came a great turnout by the FreeBSD community. I had the chance to join our friends in the Linux camp and Open Source community, with three FreeBSD related talks and a large table presence at the conference. Despite LinuxFest Northwest’s somewhat out-of-the-way location, the diversity of talks and the low-stress atmosphere attracted people from all over the world.
Thanks to the FreeBSD Foundation, I was able to attend MeetBSD, my first BSD conference and second open source conference ever. It was an amazing experience. As someone who lives in a remote rural area, the ability to directly interact with like minded people is invaluable. While learning is a huge part of conferences, the interaction with the community is vital too. The community is what makes the FreeBSD project what it is today, a thriving success, full of extremely motivated people. It was so much fun being able to see and converse with people I’ve read blog posts about or talked to online. I came to BSD for great performance and security, but I am staying for the community. My flight arrived at the San Jose International Airport just after noon on the 18th. It was a long day getting there, but it was worth it.
I wish to extend my thanks to the FreeBSD Foundation for the travel grant which allowed me to attend MeetBSD 2018 as a representative of the Release Engineering team. I would also like to thank Michael Dexter and iXsystems for advancing the funds, and making travel and hotel arrangements to accommodate my stay in Santa Clara for the event. Furthermore I would like thank Sabina Anja, Sean Chittenden, Brad Davis, Michael Dexter, and Michael Lucas who paid for various meals throughout the conference.
Thanks to the FreeBSD Foundation, I was able to travel to the Bay Area to attend MeetBSD 2018, and the attached FreeBSD developer summit. This was my second time attending the conference after the last one in Berkeley in 2016; MeetBSD 2018 was held at Intel’s Santa Clara campus. As usual, the conference was a welcome opportunity to see colleagues and meet newcomers to the FreeBSD community, and I’m grateful to the Foundation for having made it possible for me to attend.
The developer summit began on Thursday morning with an unconference feel. After introductions and greetings, we got down to brass tacks by hacking in smaller groups. I took the opportunity to work with [email protected] on a review, catch up on some [email protected] email, and work on a few port updates.
I don’t believe it would be fair or honest to start writing this blog post without a huge thank you to the FreeBSD Foundation, to my company (cleverbridge AG), and to the local staff in Bucharest who organized and prepared everything for EuroBSDCon 2018. Without them I doubt this experience could of been possible. Thank you very much. 🙂