It was right after my presentation and just before closing session at BSDCan 2017 in Ottawa, that several FreeBSD folks informed me that next FreeBSD developer summit would take place in Cambridge and application deadline for travel grants would be closing in a few days. I appreciate that the FreeBSD Foundation provided me with a valuable opportunity for attending 2017 Cambridge Developers Summit (BSDCam).
As summer comes to a close, the Foundation team will be very busy over the next few weeks spreading the word about FreeBSD at another round of conferences. We hope to see you at some of these upcoming events!
The Travel Grant Application for BSDTW 2017 is now open. The Foundation can help you attend BSDTW 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. BSDTW applications are due on September 26, 2017. Find out more and apply today!
REMINDER: The FreeBSD Foundation Travel Grant Policy has been updated. Please carefully read the policy before applying.
The 2017 July/August issue of the FreeBSD Journal is now available! The latest issue features articles on Getting Started with iohyve, Understanding Docker for FreeBSD Users, Lynx Network Traffic Analysis, and more.
In May of 2017, we were invited to give a talk about FreeBSD at COPU’s (China Open Source Promotional Unit) Open Source China, Open Source World Summit, which took place June 21-22, in Beijing. This was a tremendous opportunity to talk about the advantages of FreeBSD to the open source leaders and organizations interested in open source. I was honored to represent the Project and Foundation and give the presentation “FreeBSD Advantages and Applications”.
Over the decades, FreeBSD development and coordination has shifted from being purely on-line to involving more and more in-person coordination and cooperation. The FreeBSD Foundation sponsors a devsummit right before BSDCan, EuroBSDCon, and AsiaBSDCon, so that developers traveling to the con can leverage their airfare and hammer out some problems. Yes, the Internet is great for coordination, but nothing beats a group of developers spending ten minutes together to sketch on a whiteboard and figuring out exactly how to make something bulletproof.
This month we’ll look at some projects undertaken by the Foundation’s co-op student employees. Back in May, I introduced Guangyuan (Charlie) Yang and Siva Mahadevan. They’ve worked on a variety of FreeBSD projects over the summer, and each has shared some information on a recent project in a blog post.
As an co-op student at the FreeBSD Foundation, I have the unique opportunity of being encouraged to contribute to other open source projects that help make progress on FreeBSD and its components. One such project that I worked on in July is an analysis of the Capsicum test suite. This test suite targets the Capsicum capability and sandbox framework, which is included in FreeBSD since version 10.0. As described on the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory website, “Capsicum extends the POSIX API, providing several new OS primitives to support object-capability security on UNIX-like operating systems”. Furthermore, the test suite was initially created by David Drysdale at Google while porting FreeBSD’s reference implementation of the Capsicum framework to Linux.
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
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.