June 19 is National FreeBSD Day!

We’re pleased to announce that June 19 has been declared National FreeBSD Day. Join us in honoring The FreeBSD Project’s pioneering legacy and continuing impact on technology.

What is FreeBSD

FreeBSD is an open-source operating system developed out of the University of California at Berkley in 1993. Used by billions of people around the globe, FreeBSD is used to teach operating system concepts in universities. Companies also develop products on FreeBSD, and universities use it as a research platform.

In fact, there’s a good chance you’re already using at least some code derived from FreeBSD in your everyday life. For example, if you stream movies via Netflix, chat with friends on WhatsApp, or play the latest PlayStation 4 game sensation, you’re already using FreeBSD.

As a pioneer in open-source technology, FreeBSD can be modified and redesigned to meet the needs of the user, free of charge within the guidelines of the license. 

Why June 19th

June 19, 1993 was the day the official name for FreeBSD was agreed upon. See part of the email thread here

Help Us Celebrate

If you love FreeBSD as much as we do, help us celebrate the launch of your favorite open source operating system by doing the following: 

  • Introducing someone to FreeBSD or hosting an Install-a-thon with your local meetup group
    • From TrueOS to FreeBSD on Virtual Box to Installing Ports, you can find a number of how-tos here.
    • Read more about the history of FreeBSD here.
    • Check out the list of companies using and products based on FreeBSD.
  • Helping to promote the day by printing and distributing the poster.
  • Sending us stories of how your company uses FreeBSD to great success
  • Telling us why you love FreeBSD using #FreeBSDDay on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts
  • Consider donating to our Board president’s Facebook fundraiser or directly to the Foundation to help us continue our support of the Project

We look forward to commemorating the beginning of our favorite open source operating system on June 19, and we hope you’ll join us!