FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter, December 11, 2013

In this Edition:

Welcome to our December 2013 Semi-Annual Newsletter!

As 2013 wraps up, this is our chance to reflect on what we did this year to help support the FreeBSD Project and community.

In our newsletter you will find our President's Letter, (always interesting and inspiring), articles on the current development projects we sponsor, and reports from all the conferences and summits we sponsored (which keep increasing!). We like to share at least one testimonial with you in our newsletter, and are honored to provide one from Pair Networks, a longtime supporter of FreeBSD. Finally, as part of our continued dedication to transparency, we wrap up the newsletter with our Q1-Q3 financials.

This year I attended two conferences I hadn't had a chance to attend before. One was a new conference, vBSDcon, held in Washington DC, and the other was EuroBSDcon. Attending the conferences allowed me to meet new people and to finally talk in person with many members of our community I've only known through email. I'm always impressed by how dedicated, smart, hardworking, interesting, and amazing the people working on FreeBSD are. Many have been kind enough to share their stories about how they became involved in FreeBSD. We call this our Faces of FreeBSD series, and we include some of their stories in this newsletter.

Now, sit back and enjoy our newsletter!

Deb

Letter From the President

FreeBSD without Compromise

I have a small confession to make. There are several things I do as a volunteer for the FreeBSD project and the FreeBSD Foundation that are hard work, far removed from my favorite FreeBSD activities: merging and testing fixes to legacy releases, developing FreeBSD marketing literature, and, perhaps most difficult of all, figuring out polite ways to ask for donations. Why do I do these things? What motivates me to dedicate my free time to this necessary work, when I could be doing something more enjoyable? When I pose such questions to the many volunteers involved in FreeBSD, the answers are as varied as the cultural makeup of our community. But beneath these differences there lies a universal theme. We have all become emotionally invested in the success of FreeBSD. Seeing FreeBSD grow and prosper is the reward for our dedication and self-sacrifice.

Those of you who have children are familiar with this level of (sometimes irrational) devotion. Whether we realize it or not, the volunteers of FreeBSD are the parents of FreeBSD.

Hence my optimistic view of what the FreeBSD community can achieve. Some folks I've spoken with about my article on strategic planning for FreeBSD feel it is impossible to do with a volunteer force. I'm guessing they've never been to a school board meeting when a controversial item is up for a vote. You won't find a better organized or dedicated group of individuals than the parents in attendance. The welfare and success of something you really care about is a powerful motivator. That energy just needs to be properly directed to ensure success.

But there are some downsides to this level of involvement. The one least discussed is the blindness that often comes by being so close to something you love. External criticism, even the constructive kind, is often met with an aggressive defense. It's hard to be introspective and rational when all you hear is "someone calling your baby ugly."

Visiting with FreeBSD consumers and digging into their FreeBSD experience is one way I try to combat any effects from the FreeBSD community's "reality distortion field." What I learn isn't always positive: a large FreeBSD consumer switching their entire build farm from FreeBSD to Linux because of bugs in our NFS automounter, poor scalability on certain workloads when compared to Linux, decisions not to deploy FreeBSD based on stale information from the FreeBSD wiki or a failure to find documentation for how to perform the same task with FreeBSD, software that runs fine on FreeBSD but must be run on another platform because the vendor won't support FreeBSD, no "ready to use" VM images, etc. Seeing your child fail can break your heart.

The silver lining from these experiences is that, in many areas, FreeBSD is extremely competitive. It is the small faults, the faults as parents we might overlook or subconsciously work around, that usually drive the decision against our favor.

As a community we must understand that others may be unable or unwilling to compromise in order to use FreeBSD. Even a small issue, if perceived to impact time to market or product cost, can sway a business to choose a different solution. The young programmer just learning about POSIX systems will gravitate to the system that is easiest to set up and try out. New college courses will be designed using the operating system with the best existing body of curriculum. It is human nature to chart the course of least resistance, so we must provide a FreeBSD experience "without compromise" in order to gain mindshare.

One of the FreeBSD Foundation's roles is to help the FreeBSD community identify and correct areas of competitive disadvantage. FreeBSD cannot, nor should it, serve every possible use case. But together we can target the solution spaces aligned with community goals, or where FreeBSD is already 95% of the way to being the best and easiest choice. To grow our community we need those experimenting with FreeBSD today to discover "it just works," and to fall in love with the FreeBSD platform just as we have.

So how can you help FreeBSD get to this position? Seek an objective viewpoint on FreeBSD and its competitors so you can identify areas of weakness. Join community discussions about the features and focus points for future FreeBSD releases. When you find something lacking, instead of working around it, do what you can to improve the situation: file a bug report, improve a man page or wiki article, or brainstorm how to make FreeBSD easier to use. Discuss your use of FreeBSD with others and find out why they may have chosen another platform.

And when it doesn't go FreeBSD's way? When FreeBSD falls down? Pick it back up, dust off its knees, upright the bicycle, and give FreeBSD a firm push in the right direction. That's how as parents we'll deliver a FreeBSD without compromise.

Justin T. Gibbs

President and Founder

The FreeBSD Foundation

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Fundraising Update

As we approach the end of 2013, we're going full throttle into our fundraising campaign, reaching out to individuals and corporations to make donations. At the time of this publication, we've raised $477,060 towards our goal of $1,000,000. We're not there yet, but have confidence that we will receive the funds needed to increase our support for FreeBSD in 2014.

Our new fundraising meter updates in real time! It's fun to watch it move up as donations are received, and we've received positive feedback from donors on how much they like this feature.

We listened to your feedback and had multiple fundraising campaigns this year. Two were centered around BSDCan and EuroBSDCon. And we started our year-end campaign almost a month earlier than in previous years, helping bring in many more donations than we saw this time last year.

While most of our money comes from corporate donors, our individual donors are so important to us. They indicate the size of the community that supports FreeBSD, and help us meet our public support test with the IRS. In a nutshell, we can't be supported by just a few companies. It's critical to our future to remain a public charity.

It's been an amazing year of growth for the foundation and FreeBSD. More companies are donating, writing white papers, and promoting their use of FreeBSD. There were more conferences and summits this year, allowing even more exposure to FreeBSD around the world.

Thanks to your donations we've been able to provide the following funding this year:

Development projects that we are currently funding or have recently funded:

  • Intel graphics hardware support
  • Newcons updated system console
  • Native in-kernel iSCSI stack
  • Transparent superpages support for the FreeBSD/ARM architecture
  • Capsicum security-component framework
  • Direct mapped I/O to avoid extra memory copies
  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot environment
  • Documentation infrastructure improvements

Conferences and Summits we sponsored this year:

  • AsiaBSDCon 2013 Conference
  • BSDCan 2013 Conference
  • Ottawa 2013 Developer Summit
  • Ottawa 2013 Vendor Summit
  • BSDDay 2013
  • EuroBSDCon 2013
  • Malta Developer Summit
  • vBSDCon 2013
  • Developer Summit Cambridge
  • FreeBSD 20th Birthday Celebration
  • Bay Area Vendor Summit
  • OpenZFS Vendor Summit

We provided travel grants to help developers travel to these conferences for important face-to-face interaction and collaboration.

For the first time we've hired technical staff members to help us work directly with improving and adding these features to FreeBSD, as well as provide support for the Release Engineering and Security teams.

We've ramped up our advocacy for FreeBSD by providing high-quality brochures, white papers, and our recently announced online FreeBSD magazine, the FreeBSD Journal, that will be available late January.

We invested over $100,000 in hardware to improve the FreeBSD infrastructure by providing equipment to our co-location facilities at Sentex, Yahoo!, NYI, and ISC.

And last, we continued protecting FreeBSD IP and providing legal support to the Project.

Donate today to help us continue and increase our support of the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide! Making a donation is quick and easy. Click here to make a donation.

contributed by Deb Goodkin

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Development Project Updates

2013 represents a remarkable inflection point in the FreeBSD Foundation's funded project development capability. Over the course of the year we have grown our technical staff team to four permanent employees, in addition to sponsoring a record number of individual project contracts.

This year the Foundation sponsored necessary work on basic hardware support and infrastructure, networked storage, virtual machine images, and new security technology. Recently completed projects include superpages for the ARM architecture, documentation project infrastructure improvements, Intel "VT-d" I/O memory management unit support, and further integration of the Capsicum sandboxing framework. We will be sponsoring improvements to the network stack as we head into 2014, in addition to a continuing focus on virtualization, security, and hardware support.

Individual projects are described in further detail below.

contributed by Ed Maste

Newcons System Console Update

The Newcons project provides a replacement for the legacy syscons system console. It brings a number of improvements, including better integration with graphics modes and broader character set support.

FreeBSD's introduction of Kernel Mode Setting (KMS)-enabled graphics drivers for X11 produced a regression when combined with syscons: it was no longer possible to switch back to a console after starting X. Newcons integrates with KMS and restores this ability.

Newcons adds UTF-8 support and currently includes Latin and Cyrillic characters. Additional characters will be added over time.

Newcons was recently committed to FreeBSD and will be generally available in early 2014.

contributed by Aleksandr Rybalko

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Native iSCSI Target and Initiator

The native in-kernel iSCSI stack was committed to FreeBSD in September and will be available in FreeBSD 10.0. Configuration information for the iSCSI stack can be found in the FreeBSD handbook.

Some additional performance improvements (including iSER support) and other features and enhancements will arrive over the next two months.

contributed by Edward Napierała

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UEFI and Secure Boot

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is the replacement for the conventional PC BIOS, and represents a significant change to the Intel x86 boot process. Most systems today offer the ability to boot through a BIOS compatibility mode, but UEFI-only systems are expected to arrive in the near future.

At the beginning of 2013 the FreeBSD Foundation sponsored Benno Rice for initial work on the FreeBSD UEFI boot process. The project provided important groundwork for UEFI boot, but did not deliver a final, integrated implementation.

Ed Maste is carrying on development in the UEFI branch, and preparing it for integration into FreeBSD next year.

contributed by Ed Maste

Casper Capability Services Daemon

This project was jointly sponsored with Google.

The casperd daemon hosts various services that can be accessed through application capabilities by programs running in sandboxes. For example, it is prohibited to send UDP packets to arbitrary destinations when operating in capability mode, which makes DNS resolution impossible. To allow DNS resolution the casperd daemon provides the system.dns service that proxies DNS resolution requests through a dedicated, non-sandboxed process provided by casperd.

As part of the project the libnv library was implemented to make inter-process communication extremely easy.

The first casperd(8) consumers are tcpdump(8) and kdump(1).

In addition to casperd and its services, capability rights for file descriptors were redesigned and reimplemented to allow for more than 64 rights.

Casper was committed to FreeBSD HEAD at the beginning of December and will be generally available in FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE.

contributed by Pawel Jakub Dawidek

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White Papers

Shortly after BSDCan this year the foundation contracted with Joseph Kong, author of Designing BSD Rootkits: An Introduction to Kernel Hacking and FreeBSD Device Drivers, to write a series of white papers about the use of FreeBSD in commercial enterprises. The current work calls for four white papers to be written over the coming weeks, and the resulting papers will be published by the FreeBSD Foundation for use by the community. White Papers are an important tool when working with management and can help make your case when you're advocating for the use of FreeBSD in a business.

Joseph has completed the first white paper called Managed Services Using FreeBSD at NYI.

contributed by George Neville-Neil

FreeBSD Journal

FreeBSD Journal is a new, professionally produced, community-driven online magazine that will be available in the Apple iTunes, Google Play and Amazon stores. The magazine is made up of columns and feature-length articles that address the entirety of the FreeBSD community. We'll be covering diverse topics including systems programming, large scale system deployments, independent software vendors, Internet Service Providers, as well as research and advanced software development.

The magazine is guided by an editorial board comprised of people from across the FreeBSD community, including: John Baldwin, Daichi Goto, Joseph Kong, Dru Lavigne, Michael Lucas, Kirk McKusick, Hiroki Sato, Robert Watson and George Neville-Neil. The editorial board is responsible for the acquisition and vetting of content for the magazine.

Issue number 1 will be the January/February 2014 issue, and will be available in late January. We already have a great set of articles being edited for the publication including:

  • Clang in 10 (David Chisnall)
  • The Z File System (Allan Jude)
  • BeagleBone Black (Tim Kientzle)
  • System Control Nodes (sysctl) (John Baldwin)
  • FreeBSD and Commercial Workloads: Managed Services (Joseph Kong)

and our columns:

  • svn update (Glen Barber)
  • Ports Report (Thomas Abthorpe)
  • This Day in BSD (Dru Lavigne)
  • Events Calendar (Dru Lavigne)

The magazine will be available on the Apple, Google and Kindle stores as a subscription for $19.99/year for six (6) issues and single issues will cost $6.99 each.

If you'd like to be notified when the first issue is available please contact walter@freebsdjournal.com.

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Conference Updates

Developer Summit Cambridge

The Cambridge FreeBSD Developer Summit (BSDCam) was held in Cambridge, England from 24-28 August 2013 and was attended by roughly 30 developers and guests. The FreeBSD Foundation sponsored this summit. Topics of discussion included:

  • the new packaging system (and especially its security model -- e.g., package signing and revocation)
  • improvements to the ports system
  • the /dev/random implementation
  • embedded system work
  • Capsicum sandboxing
  • and other security topics such as improving the set of mitigation techniques shipped in the FreeBSD base

There were also a series of talklets on:

  • TESLA (a temporal checking tool from Cambridge)
  • the Viking FreeBSD-based embedded product
  • the LLVM debugger (LLDB)
  • SAT solving in package management
  • formal methods tools for systems programmers
  • and Capsicum/Casper

Another topic of discussion was the creation tutorial material for new users, advocacy material, etc, to help in the promotion of FreeBSD.

The social event prior to the devsummit was also a great success, involving a variety of steam engines and other heavily industrial equipment at the Cambridge Museum of Technology.

The University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory looks forward to hosting another summer developer summit in Cambridge in 2014!

contributed by Robert Watson

EuroBSDCon 2013

EuroBSDCon2013 was held at the end of September on the wonderful island of Malta. Two days of tutorials were followed by two days of conference. After a great response to the call for papers and with almost 250 registered attendees, we were able to expand the conference program from two to three tracks, with a fourth Developer Summit track sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation on one of the days. We had a great lineup of speakers with keynotes by Theo de Raadt and Landon Curt Noll. Topics during the conference ranged from security and network performance and scaling to packaging systems and filesystems.

The conference would not have been possible without our sponsors and we really appreciate the platinum sponsorship from the FreeBSD Foundation.

Thanks to all who made this a great event and hope to see you all again next year in Sofia, Bulgaria.

contributed by Erwin Lansing

Malta Developer Summit 2013

A FreeBSD Developer Summit was held on September 26th, 27th, and 28th in St. Julian's, Malta, alongside the EuroBSDCon 2013 conference. 53 FreeBSD developers and 19 guests (that is 72 in total) attended the summit, making it the largest European summit in the last few years.

Working group sessions were held on a wide range of topics including Documentation, Ports and Packages, Desktop, Virtualization, ZFS, Security, Networking, Embedded Platforms, Toolchain and Build Systems, USB, and DNS on the first two days of the summit. On the last day, working group chairs gave their summaries, and several developers, including the invited Google Summer of Code 2013 students, presented talks during a Developer Summit Track, open to all EuroBSDCon attendees. A detailed report is available on the results.

Thanks to the creativity of the EuroBSDcon organizers, attendees could attend different conference-wide dinners on every evening from Wednesday to Sunday, which gave the opportunity to learn more about the beautiful island of Malta and enjoy the last moments of summer.

This developer summit would not have been possible without generous support from sponsors including The FreeBSD Foundation, The EuroBSDcon Foundation, and the lead organizer of this year's EuroBSDcon, André Oppermann. We also believe that all of the developers and guests who chaired and participated in working groups and gave talks contributed greatly to the summit's success.

contributed by Gabor Pali

vBSDcon 2013 Conference

More than 100 people attended Verisign’s first vBSDcon on Oct. 25-Oct. 27, 2013 in Dulles, VA, which brought together developers, enthusiasts and first-time users of the FreeBSD open source operating system for a series of roundtable discussions and educational sessions.

For several years, Verisign has deployed FreeBSD within our infrastructure as part of our platform diversity, and we wanted to give back and encourage the further development of FreeBSD by providing members of the community with a space to learn, collaborate and network with other FreeBSD influencers. Hosting vBSDcon proved to be a great way to accomplish this goal by enabling FreeBSD enthusiasts to come together to collaborate face-to-face with one another.

Guided by the leadership of Rick Miller and Glen Wiley, Verisign engineers and two of our biggest FreeBSD proponents, vBSDcon proved to be a big success. Participants had many opportunities to learn about and discuss existing and emerging technologies as well as to roadmap development projects during plenary sessions, hacker lounges and doc sprints. In fact, developers were collaborating on various projects before, during and even still after vBSDcon as a result of the conference.

On behalf of Verisign, I’d like to sincerely thank the many speakers who presented on a variety of interesting topics, and the sponsors, including the FreeBSD Foundation, without whose support it wouldn’t have been possible to bring the community a new conference on the US East coast. We are especially pleased that the FreeBSD Foundation was able to raise nearly USD$1,400 from participants during the conference, which will be used to fund FreeBSD-related work projects, sponsor conferences, provide travel grants for speakers at conferences and more.

We look forward to continuing to be active participants in the BSD community and to contributing to ongoing development discussions. To see what many participants had to say about the conference, view the more than 300 tweets about the event. You can also see photos from the conference from sponsor iXsystems, Inc.

contributed by Burt Kaliski, Verisign CTO

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Bay Area Developer Summit 2013

We had a standing room crowd for the Vendor Summit (68 people in a room meant for 55) and the summit went quite well, based on the feedback that I got. Several people have suggested that the Vendor Summit become its own conference. In particular we probably need a social (probably a dinner) event to go along with the summit.

Topics discussed included:

  • NUMA Status and Futures (John Baldwin)
  • Enabling Persistent Memory Programming (Andy Rudoff)
  • Recent Network Stack Changes (Vijay Singh)
  • LLDB Introduction and Updates (Ed Maste)
  • Following FreeBSD with a git Workflow (Alfred Perlstein) Virtualization Update
  • Jenkins, BHyve, and WebDriver: Continuous Integration testing on FreeNAS (Craig Rodrigues)

The topics and many of the presentations are all up on the Wiki:

2013/11 VendorSummit

contributed by George Neville-Neil

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OpenZFS Developer Summit

The first OpenZFS Developer Summit was held November 18-19 in San Francisco, CA. The two-day event consisted of prepared talks & collaborative discussions on Monday, and a hackathon on Tuesday.

More than 30 people participated, including ZFS contributors from the illumos, FreeBSD, Linux, and OSX communities. The most lively discussions centered around a platform-independent OpenZFS code repository. Other talks included storage tiering work, a new channel-program based administrative API for ZFS, and several talks on performance and testing.

At the hackathon, more than 20 people started 9 projects. One of the main goals of the hackathon was to get people from different communities working together on the code -- a goal that we handily achieved, with about half the teams composed of people who had not met each other before this event.

The event was hosted by Delphix, and funded by the sponsorship of several generous companies and organizations, including the FreeBSD Foundation. Sponsorship made this event possible. Complete proceedings including video and slides are available here: http://www.open-zfs.org/wiki/OpenZFS_Developer_Summit_2013.

contributed by Matthew Ahrens

FreeBSD 20th Birthday Party

On November 2, 2013, iXsystems hosted the once-in-a-lifetime FreeBSD 20th Anniversary Party at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA. The event was made possible thanks to the sponsorships of iXsystems, the FreeBSD Foundation, Intel, Google, Network Appliance, Netflix, LSI, No Starch Press, O'Reilly Media, and William Hurley.

Many guests showed up right when the party opened at 6PM, picked up their drink tickets and walked over to the schwag table to get raffle tickets, nametags, and freebies galore including daemon horns, commemorative event t-shirts, and flashlights from Intel.

The space was soon packed with people talking and networking. At 8 pm, Matt Olander got up on stage to give a short speech and introduce the rest of the speakers. Kirk McKusick and Jordan Hubbard followed to say a few words to a sea of blinking red horns and Scott Long gave the closing remarks. An hour later, a crowd gathered at the front of the stage again for the raffle. The raffle prizes were donated courtesy of No Starch Press and O'Reilly Media and lucky winners got their choice of shot-glasses and books valued at over $40 each.

Shortly afterwards, the band QUOR played their set; then, Allan Jude and Pawel Dawidek stepped up to help with the ceremonial cutting of the cake, a life-sized version of Beastie. The Beastie mascot also made an appearance and posed for photos with party attendees. The party continued well into the wee hours of the morning, until DNA Lounge kicked everyone out!

We had a lot of fun and we hope everyone who came did too. Stay well, FreeBSD. We look forward to celebrating your 25th anniversary!"

contributed by Annie Zhang, Marketing Assistant, iXsystems

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2013 Grant and Travel Grant Recipients

Every year we sponsor FreeBSD related conferences and travel to these events for FreeBSD contributors. We believe that BSD-centered and FreeBSD-specific conferences play the dual roles of expanding the FreeBSD user community and supporting collaborative development. The FreeBSD Foundation's travel grant program helps to reduce financial roadblocks to participation in these events.

Our grant recipients often send us amazing tales of their experiences, proving the value of this program to the FreeBSD community. You can find these stories and trip reports on our blog.

To find out how to apply for a travel grant, please visit /documents/TravelRequestForm.pdf. To get information on how to apply for a grant, please visit /documents/GrantRequestForm.pdf.

Here is a list of projects, developers, and conferences we have sponsored for 2013.

2013 Conference Grant Recipients:

  • AsiaBSDCon 2013 Conference
  • BSDCan 2013 Conference
  • Ottawa 2013 Developer Summit
  • Ottawa 2013 Vendor Summit
  • BSDDay 2013
  • EuroBSDCon 2013
  • Malta Developer Summit
  • vBSDCon 2013
  • Developer Summit Cambridge
  • FreeBSD 20th Birthday Celebration
  • Bay Area Vendor Summit
  • OpenZFS Vendor Summit

2013 Project Grant Recipients:

  • Semihalf - FreeBSD/ARM support
  • Edward Napierala - iSCSI Target project
  • Pawel Jakub Dawidek - Capsicum Component Framework
  • Edward Napierala - Growing Filesystmes Online
  • Semihalf - NAND Flash Support
  • Aleksandr Rybalko - Porting FreeBSD to Efika ARM platform

2013 Travel Grant Recipients:

  • BSDCan - Eitan Adler, Renato Botelho do Couto, Florian Smeets, Warren Block, Dirk Engling, Gavin Atkinson
  • Open Help - Warren Block
  • Cambridge Developer Summit - Aleksandr Rybalko, Mariusz Zaborshi
  • EuroBSDCon - Daichi Goto, Isabell Long, Marius Strobl, Konrad Witaszczyk, Mike Ma, Daniel Peyrolón Lago, Ambarisha Bhatlapenumarthi
  • vBSDCon - Mark-John Gurney

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Faces of FreeBSD Series

You probably see a lot of names in the FreeBSD world that you wonder who these people are? What are they involved in FreeBSD? Do they work on FreeBSD in their day job? How did they get involved in FreeBSD? What motivates and inspires them to continue working with FreeBSD?

Inquiring minds want to find out more, so here’s your chance to find out about some of these people. We are publishing a weekly series called the Faces of FreeBSD. This gives FreeBSD people an opportunity to tell their stories on how they got involved in FreeBSD and what they are doing to make FreeBSD even better.

Find out about FreeBSD enthusiasts who are advocating for FreeBSD, improving FreeBSD, donating to FreeBSD (through the Foundation of course), writing for FreeBSD, running conferences, and other various ways on the FreeBSD Foundations's blog every Monday.

Looking for a recap of past stories? Here are the stories we’ve published this year:

Faces of FreeBSD - Brooks Davis

Faces of FreeBSD - Reid Linnemann

Faces of FreeBSD - Gábor's Story

Faces of FreeBSD - Colin Percival


pair Networks

Pair Networks is a world-class Web hosting company providing a full range of hosting services for businesses, bloggers, artists, musicians, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations from over 150 countries. The thousands of servers in pair Networks' data centers serve billions of Web hits per day. pair Networks' customer base includes a remarkable number of high-profile, high-volume sites.

Since opening its doors in 1995, pair Networks has been relying on FreeBSD as an essential tool for providing world-class web hosting. The reliability and stability of FreeBSD allows us to provide customers with server uptime well in excess of 99.9%. Our customers depend on the proven security of FreeBSD to keep their sites operational and their data secure. As an open-source system, FreeBSD is easy to update with new protections when security threats arise. We promise customers that their Web sites will always be hosted on state-of-the-art equipment and will have plenty of room for growth. The stability and robustness of FreeBSD makes it easy for us to live up to this promise.

From FreeBSD 2.0.5 to the latest versions, we have been happy with the performance and stability of FreeBSD, attributes which our customers have in turn come to appreciate and expect of our service. FreeBSD is a terrific technology with a terrific community.

- Kevin Martin, CEO, pair Networks

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Financials

Our 2013 Q1-Q3 Profit/Loss and 2013 Q1-Q3 Balance Sheet are posted on our website.

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