FreeBSD runs on many embedded boards that provide a USB target or USB On-the-Go (OTG) interface. This allows the embedded target to act as a USB device, and present one or more interfaces (USB device classes) to a USB host. That host could be running FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS, Windows, Android, or another operating system. USB device classes include audio input or output (e.g. headphones), mass storage (USB flash drives), human interface device (keyboards, mice), communications (Ethernet adapters), and many others.
As we near the halfway point to 2017, take a look at just some of the events the FreeBSD team will be participating in around the world. If you’re attending, please stop by to say hello, and see what we’ve been up to!
The Foundation kindly funded part of my travel from Tokyo to Singapore to attend FOSSASIA. I gave the “FreeBSD is not a Linux Distribution” presentation that Foundation board member, George Neville-Neil wrote for Open Source China in December. My presentation was well-attended, and I got a lot of good questions from the primarily Linux-oriented audience.
The 2017 March/April issue of the FreeBSD Journal is now available! The latest issue features articles on CFEngine, Puppet on FreeBSD, Vagrant, and more.
Would you like to attend BSDCan 2017? The Foundation can help. Travel grants are available to FreeBSD developers and advocates who need assistance with travel expenses for attending conferences related to FreeBSD development. Please submit your application by 11:59PM MDT, Monday, May 1. Read through the policies and apply here.
As announced at AsiaBSDCon 2017 in Tokyo, Intel is making a financial contribution and supporting the Foundation with access to resources to ensure FreeBSD is well supported on Intel platforms. Intel sees FreeBSD as a viable open-source operating system, and seeks broader collaboration between themselves, the Foundation, and the FreeBSD Community.
The FreeBSD Foundation was proud to sponsor the 12th AsiaBSDCon 2017, held in Tokyo, Japan,
March 9-12. Though we’ve been a sponsor for at least 11 of these conferences, this was my first time attending this conference.
The 15th annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) was held March 2-5, 2017 at the Pasadena Convention Center. This was the largest SCALE to date with over 200 presentations over 14 tracks and 4 days and an expected record breaking attendance of nearly 2000 open source enthusiasts. The FreeBSD Foundation was pleased to once again share a booth with the folks at iXsystems which base their TrueOS and FreeNAS software on FreeBSD. This year, the expo hall was open for three days and the booth traffic was pretty much non-stop throughout the event.
More opportunities to spread the word about your work with FreeBSD. Submit to these upcoming BSD conferences.
As Imad Sousou mentioned in his blog, Intel will be more actively engaging with the FreeBSD Foundation and the FreeBSD Project to deliver more timely support for Intel products and technologies in FreeBSD. While Intel has been contributing to the BSD code base for some time, for example with the Intel® Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library (Intel® ISA-L) and iflib drivers for Intel® network interface controllers (NICs), thus far the efforts of Intel and the community have been fragmented. The focus has been on individual devices or technologies rather than taking a more holistic systems approach.