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.
An ongoing project in FreeBSD is the migration to a permissively licensed, modern tool chain. The Foundation has sponsored portions of this work over the last several years, and is now helping form a plan to address the collection of outstanding issues scattered across a number of areas. A tracking PR is open to identify all of the individual issues as dependencies.
On November 1 and 2, I had the opportunity to attend the Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing, in Denver, Colorado. I was thrilled to finally advocate for FreeBSD at a local conference!
It’s almost here! Tomorrow, November 27, is #GivingTuesday. Now in its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global event that brings together diverse communities to foster giving.
Last month I attended EuroBSDCon and the preceding FreeBSD Developer Summit. Both events were held at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania. The two-day developer summit was a productive, face-to-face opportunity for contributors from various parts of the project to work together discussing ideas, and working on plans and solutions for improving FreeBSD, processes, and developer support.
In our continuing efforts to recruit more women to FreeBSD, Dru Lavigne and I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration last month. They claim it’s the largest gathering of women technologists in the world, and I believe it! This was the fourth time we’ve had a table in the job fair to recruit people to the Project. Where else can you find 20,000 people, in one place, who have (or can quickly pick up) the skills to contribute to our Project?
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. 🙂
The September/October 2018 issue of the FreeBSD Journal is now available! The latest issue covers the topic of Networking, and includes articles on Internetworking in FreeBSD, TCP Stack Validation at Netflix, A Quick Tour of SDN Using Mininet, and so much more.