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FreeBSD Foundation Update, April/May 2019

MAY 28, 2019

April/May 2019 Update

MESSAGE FROM THE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dear FreeBSD Community Member,

Welcome to our monthly/quarterly newsletter! This year is flying by so quickly, that we’ve gotten behind on our monthly newsletter. Therefore, we decided to highlight the work we’ve been doing over the past few months supporting the Project, into one newsletter. We also included our Q1 Status Report.

We would love for you to take a few minutes out of your busy day to read about our fundraising efforts, release engineering support, software development work, upcoming CFPs and events, the LinuxFestNorthwest Conference report, and the Q1 status report, which provides more detail on some of the work we accomplished last quarter.

Thank you for your support and contributions to the FreeBSD Project!

Deb

FreeBSD Foundation Q1 2019 Status Update

Written as part of the FreeBSD Project’s Q1 2019 Status report, check out the highlights of what we did to help FreeBSD last quarter:

We kicked off the year with an all-day board meeting in Berkeley, where FreeBSD began, to put together high-level plans for 2019. This included prioritizing technologies and features we should support, long-term planning for the next 2-5 years, and philosophical discussions on our purpose and goals. Read more…

— contributed by Ed Maste

Fundraising Update: Looking Ahead

I want to begin with giving a big shout out and heartfelt thank you to NetApp for continuing to support the FreeBSD Foundation at the Iridium level. The most recent donation marks nearly 15 years of ongoing support of open source and commitment to the FreeBSD Proejct.   NetApp joins Tarsnap, Intel, Stormshield, and VMware in supporting the Foundation so far this year.  

Please consider donating to the Foundation if you believe the following is important:

  • Having software developers on staff who can quickly step in to fix issues, provide security workarounds, and implement new features and functionality
  • Improving and increasing test coverage, continuous integration, and automated testing with a full-time software engineer
  • Advocating for FreeBSD and teaching FreeBSD around the world
  • Participating in Security Team efforts
  • Providing leadership and guidance for the direction of FreeBSD
  • Recruiting new users and contributors to FreeBSD
  • Providing a full time staff member to oversee the release engineering efforts

Thank you,
Deb

— contributed by Deb Goodkin

April/May 2019 Release Engineering Update

April
During the month of April, the FreeBSD Release Engineering team continued providing weekly development snapshots for 13-CURRENT, 12-STABLE, and 11-STABLE.

In addition, the Release Engineering team is preparing for the upcoming 11.3-RELEASE cycle, the fourth release from the stable/11 branch, which builds on the stability and reliability of 11.2-RELEASE.

The upcoming 11.3-RELEASE cycle can be found at:
https://www.freebsd.org/releases/11.3R/schedule.html

FreeBSD 11.3 is currently targeted for final release in early July 2019.

May

During the month of May, the FreeBSD Release Engineering team continued providing weekly development snapshots for 13-CURRENT, 12-STABLE, and 11-STABLE.

In addition, the Release Engineering team started the release cycle for the upcoming 11.3-RELEASE, the fourth release from the stable/11 branch, which builds on the stability and reliability of 11.2-RELEASE.

The first BETA build for the 11.3 cycle had been announced on the freebsd-stable mailing list at:
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2019-May/091210.html

The remaining milestones for the 11.3-RELEASE cycle can be found at:
https://www.freebsd.org/releases/11.3R/schedule.html

FreeBSD 11.3 is currently targeted for final release in early July 2019.

— contributed be Glen Barber

LinuxFest Northwest Trip Report: Conor Beh

With the 20th Anniversary of LinuxFest Northwest, April 26th-28th, came a great turnout by the FreeBSD community. I had the chance to join our friends in the Linux camp and Open Source community, with three FreeBSD related talks and a large table presence at the conference. Despite LinuxFest Northwest’s somewhat out-of-the-way location, the diversity of talks and the low-stress atmosphere attracted people from all over the world. Read more…

— contributed by Conor Beh

Upcoming Event: USENIX ATC 2019

The Foundation is pleased to again be an Industry Partner for the 2019 USENIX Annual Technical Conference on July 10–12, 2019. Taking place in Renton, WA, USENIX ATC brings together leading systems researchers for the presentation of cutting-edge systems research and the opportunity to gain insight into a wealth of must-know topics, including virtualization; system and network management and troubleshooting; cloud and edge computing; security, privacy, and trust; mobile and wireless; and more. The program includes a keynote address by Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin—Madison, refereed paper presentations, two poster sessions, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs). Early Bird Registration pricing and the special USENIX hotel room rate ends on June 17, 2019. Student and diversity grants are also available to help assist students and individuals underrepresented in the field who wish to attend the conference. Apply by June 3, 2019.

— contributed by Anne Dickison

Ottawa FreeBSD Developers Summit Videos Now Available

Did you miss the 2019 Ottawa FreeBSD Developers Summit? Videos from the sessions are now available on the Project’s YouTube channel. Thank you to ScaleEngine for live streaming and recording the sessions for the two-day summit. If you haven’t yet, subscribe to the FreeBSD Project’s official YouTube channel for the latest conference videos and more!

— contributed by Anne Dickison

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