Growing up, Roller Angel was always fascinated with technology and what makes it work. Telephones, radios, computers – all were taken apart by Roller to see what was inside. “I wanted to know what made them tick and imagined how cool it would be to understand these things, so I could make them do what I want,” he recalls. “Little did I know how much there is to learn!”
Written as part of the FreeBSD Project’s Q2 2019 Status report, check out the highlights of what we did to help FreeBSD last quarter.
One of our major goals this year is to increase FreeBSD awareness around the world. I’m excited about upcoming events, like the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit, where we are giving a talk on FreeBSD. But first, I wanted to highlight some of the events we’ve attended over the past few months. I have been pretty bad about writing event reports, so I’m summarizing some of them here. It’s a good thing our Marketing Director isn’t local, otherwise she would be camping in our office forcing me to write the reports.
A number of Foundation-sponsored projects are currently in progress – here are some highlights:
Each year CPUs are made with larger core and thread counts, and running FreeBSD on these new CPUs often uncovers new scalability bottlenecks. Mateusz Guzik is investigating and addressing bottlenecks, using a number of motivating use cases,
such as “poudriere -j 128” package builds and “will-it-scale”.
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.
The Travel Grant Application for EuroBSDcon 2019 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.
As you may already know, today is Glen Barber’s last day with the Foundation. We’ll all miss having Glen as part of the Foundation team, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank him for his years of dedication in support of both the Project and the Foundation. We wish him the best at his new position and look forward to working together as he continues his roles within the Project.
June 19th has been declared FreeBSD Day, and we hope you’ll join us in honoring the Project’s pioneering legacy and continuing impact on technology.