2019 draws to a close with another year of increased Foundation-sponsored FreeBSD software development. As I write this there have been 1276 commits this year tagged as sponsored by the Foundation. That represents about 17% of all commits over the year, and about 45% of commits that identify a sponsor.
It’s hard to believe that 2019 is nearly over. It has been an amazing year for supporting the FreeBSD Project and community! Why do I say that? Because as I reflect over the past 12 months, I realize how many events we’ve attended all over the world, and how many lives we’ve touched in so many ways.
It’s that time again for our year in review. We’ll start our look back at 2019 with a review of how your support helped us advocate for FreeBSD. Advocacy is a big part of our mission, and we have dedicated a lot of time and funding to spreading the word about FreeBSD over the past year.
It’s nearly time. Next Tuesday, December 3rd, is #GivingTuesday. Now in its eighth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that brings together diverse communities to foster generosity.
The FreeBSD Foundation was pleased to be a part of COSCon ’19, which took place in Shanghai, China on November 2-3, 2019. With over 1500 attendees, COSCon is one of the largest open source conferences in mainland China. It is organized by Kai-yuan-she (a word-by-word translation of “open”-“source”-“society”), which is a kind of non-profit in China.
Written as part of the FreeBSD Project’s Q3 2019 Status report, check out the highlights of what we did to help FreeBSD last quarter.
2020 brings about even more opportunities to spread the word about your work with FreeBSD. Submit to these upcoming conferences.
Kurt Lidl passed away on October 10, 2019 at the age of 51 from aggressive metastatic kidney cancer that had been diagnosed just 95 days earlier on July 8th, despite attention from some of the leading kidney cancer specialists.
FOSDEM is always an excellent event for meeting up with fellow FreeBSD and BSD developers and learning about the latest developments in Open Source. The Foundation is again sponsoring a Mini-Developer Summit scheduled to take place on January 31, 2020 right before the main conference. The Call for Proposals is now open. Find out more here.
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.