Happy new year and welcome to 2017! In this update, I’ll take the opportunity to look at how the FreeBSD Foundation identifies, reviews, and chooses projects to be undertaken by paid development staff and by recipients of project development grants.
This October and November I was given the chance to attend three FreeBSD-related conferences and meetups, thanks to The FreeBSD Foundation and Google.
From those of us at the Foundation, we would like to say…
As we’ve mentioned before, if you’ve ever been to a FreeBSD Developer Summit, or read any of the Foundation entries in the quarterly status report, you’ve heard us talk about how advocating for FreeBSD is an important part of how we support the Project. Advocacy takes many forms, from attending conferences to promote the Project, to creating literature to educate and inform on the latest FreeBSD efforts. We talk about the latest developments on social media, interview community members about their experiences with FreeBSD, and work with companies to share why FreeBSD is their operating system of choice.
We are thrilled to announce we have received a $500,000 donation from an anonymous donor. We are incredibly grateful for this donation and want to extend a heartfelt thank you to this donor for recognizing the value we provide by supporting the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. We are indebted to to donors like this, who are investing in FreeBSD and the Foundation to make FreeBSD the best platform for education, research, computing, product development, and gaining real-world skills. Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year!
Over the past year, the Foundation staff and grant recipients completed many projects. A check of the Subversion source repository shows over 950 commits sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation. Here is a recap of the major development work undertaken in 2016.
We’re halfway through the giving season! Thank you to everyone who has already donated to the Foundation. As we mentioned in the most recent newsletter, the updated #GivingTuesday stats show that you helped us raise $8400 in 24 hours! With the generous donation from What’sApp CEO and Founder, Jan Koum, the Foundation has reached 71% of our goal. This is where you come in. Please help us continue and grow our investment in The FreeBSD Project by donating today.
After perusing www.distroswatch.com for new operating systems to install and work on, I came about the latest version of FreeBSD, then 10.1. I quickly fired up the BSD Wikipedia page to see more about what the FreeBSD OS is all about. Having heard of it several times, I always thought that the operating system is also a part of the Linux family. The Wikipedia page showed that it is a derivative of the BSD 4.4 OS family, which is a deviant of Unix rather than Linux. This strikes my curiosity, I thought to myself, in Nigeria all we do is Linux, I would love to be different and unique by doing what not so many are doing. I later came across the EuroBSDCon 16 travel grant and applied, luckily my application was granted. Preparations towards attending the conference then started.
The FreeBSD Foundation was generous enough to sponsor my trip to MeetBSD 2016 this year, and I am extremely appreciative for the ability to attend. MeetBSD 2016 was the first BSD conference I have attended, and it will certainly not be my last. As an ex-Linux Developer who’s attended and spoken at many Linux conferences over the years, I’ve always been curious as to how BSD conferences compare. I’ve been moving away from the Linux community for a couple years now, and am happy to make BSD my new home. Attending MeetBSD this year helped cement in my mind that the FreeBSD community is where I belong.
I’d like to take the opportunity to talk with you about what we CAN accomplish together in 2017.
First, I want to thank all of you who helped us surpass our goal in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign! Your generosity raised over $8400 in a 24 hour period, and provided a promising start to our End-of-Year campaign. We’re now one step closer to reaching this year’s important fundraising goal of $1,250,000.