FreeBSD Core Team Member Robert Watson Joins the
FreeBSD Foundation Board of Directors and Executive Team
The FreeBSD Foundation announced today that FreeBSD Core Team
member and respected developer Robert Watson has joined the board
of directors of the FreeBSD Foundation, a non-profit corporation
dedicated to the advancement of the open source FreeBSD operating
Mr. Watson assumes the title of President of the Foundation.
Jonathan Bresler, the FreeBSD Foundation's former President, will
replace John Polstra in the Vice President position.
Mr. Polstra had last year expressed a desire to give up his
Foundation responsibilities, citing lack of time.
Mr. Watson is well-known within the open source community. A
long-time developer on the FreeBSD Project, Mr. Watson has
specialized in security-related enhancements to the operating
He founded the TrustedBSD Project, which seeks to provide
trusted operating system extensions on the FreeBSD platform.
In addition to his FreeBSD development activities, Mr. Watson is
a prominent member of the FreeBSD Core Team, the FreeBSD Project's
9-member elected policy-making body.
By day, Mr. Watson is a research scientist and DARPA Principal
Investigator at Network Associates Laboratories, where his research
interests include operating system and network protocol security.
"We are tremendously pleased to have Robert joining the FreeBSD
Foundation team," said Justin Gibbs, the founder of the
Foundation and its Secretary/Treasurer. "Robert's experience with
grant-based funding, his leadership skills, his wide recognition
within the open source community, and his energy and enthusiasm will
be very valuable assets."
About the FreeBSD Foundation
The FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
dedicated to supporting the FreeBSD Project. The Foundation
gratefully accepts donations from individuals and businesses, using
them to fund projects which further the development of the FreeBSD
operating system. In addition, the Foundation can represent the
FreeBSD Project in executing contracts, license agreements, and
other legal arrangements which require a recognized legal entity.
The FreeBSD Foundation's activities have included:
- Negotiating a license with Sun Microsystems to distribute a
FreeBSD version of Sun's Java Development Kit (JDK)(TM) and Java
Runtime Environment (JRE)(TM).
- Acquiring computing resources and funding development work on
Java for FreeBSD.
- Providing financial support for the June, 2002 FreeBSD
- Funding the development of enhancements to IPFW, FreeBSD's
packet filtering feature.
For more information about the FreeBSD Foundation, visit their
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