FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter, July 31, 2014

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Welcome to our July 2014 Semi-Annual Newsletter!

As we reach the middle of 2014, we want to take the opportunity to highlight what we've accomplished so far this year to help support the FreeBSD Project and community.

One of the most exciting projects we started this year was the publication of the online FreeBSD Journal. We are not only funding this magazine, with hopes of it being self-supported through subscriptions and ads, but we also have board members on the editorial staff. So far, we've received a large amount of positive feedback, and look forward to making both the Journal and subscription process even better.

In this newsletter, you'll have a chance to read more about the Journal; check out summaries from the conferences and summits we sponsored; take a look at current Foundation funded development projects and fundraising efforts; and review our latest financial reports. Lastly, as usual, our president and founder, Justin Gibbs, wrote the most inspiring letter yet. In fact after reading his letter, I was motivated to come up with my own elevator pitch instead of the usual "FreeBSD is like Linux, only better!" Working with Justin, our board members and staff, and the entire FreeBSD community continually humbles me. It's inspiring to know there are so many passionate FreeBSD people out there, helping to make this the most reliable, innovative, stable, secure, and well-loved operating system available.

Now, sit back, get a cup of coffee or tea, and take a moment to read our newsletter.

Deb Goodkin

Executive Director

The FreeBSD Foundation

Letter From the President

The Elevator Pitch

Sitting in a center seat of United's economy class, I maneuvered to best utilize the 31 inches of seat pitch allocated to my 6 foot frame. Even with my knees unnaturally splayed, I wasn't making friends with the passenger in front of me. A pointed knee in the back tends to make that difficult.

The environment at 36,000 feet couldn't have been more hostile to casual conversation: the rumble of engine and wind noise, two toddlers crying in chorus about the pressure in their ears, a string of thunderstorms on our path to Denver sending spasms of light to moderate chop. But chatting with a fellow passenger seemed the best way to take my mind off of my situation and the jealousy inspired by seeing his left leg fully extended into the aisle.

Jim, a regional salesmen, had been first to engage. A master of small talk, he quickly covered his love for the Denver area, how he missed the opportunity to make Denver his home base after buying a house in Phoenix a mere week prior to being assigned the territory, and that he didn't know how he was going to juggle his constant travel schedule once his first child, well on the way, was born. In a matter of two minutes, I felt like I really knew Jim.

This skill of engaging with others on a truly human level is probably the key to Jim's success as a salesman. Fortunately I'm not a doctor looking to buy medical devices for the hearing impaired. I doubt I'd be able to resist his charm.

Then came my turn: the story of my journey to Boulder, how becoming a parent changes you in ways its impossible to explain to those who haven't experienced it, and that my own kids are growing up so fast I can't blink for fear of missing the moments that really matter. As a parent talking to a future parent, it was easy to connect. But when the conversation moved to work life, I had to consider Jim's world view or risk boring him with the esoteric, technical details of my typical work day.

In the past, this type of conversation would be filled with poor analogies. "Have you heard of Linux? FreeBSD is an operating system just like Linux, only better." Such comparisons are rarely satisfying. They paint FreeBSD as an also-ran without providing any motivation for FreeBSD to exist, or for people to invest in its success. They also fundamentally fail to explain the importance of FreeBSD's technology; how it silently makes so many aspects of modern life possible. Fortunately, the very nature of FreeBSD's pervasive effect on the world provides the perfect path to talk about FreeBSD in ways almost any audience can understand.

Jim played with his smart phone throughout our conversation, flipping it over and over - a more convenient option than attempting the contortions necessary to deliver it back to his pocket without unhooking his seatbelt. Pointing at the device I asked, "What tasks do you typically perform on your cell phone?"

"Email of course. Checking sports scores. Performing Internet searches on potential customers. Getting driving directions. The same types of things everyone does with their phone, I guess." came the reply.

"There's lots of technology involved in making it possible to do those things on your phone.", I started. "But a good chunk of it is common to all applications: sending and receiving data on the network; routing that data to the right place on the Internet; warehousing data - your pictures, sport scores, video, news stories, web pages - in a stable and secure way; utilizing servers to perform computations on that data, such as calculating statistics on sports teams. I work on a platform called FreeBSD, that provides these core facilities. Many of the products and services you use everyday - Netflix, WhatsApp, FlightAware, Yahoo! Mail, cell phones including the iPhone and Android handsets, appliances that move traffic across the Internet - leverage FreeBSD technology. If FreeBSD broke, a lot of what you do on that cell phone would stop working too."

Given this background, my motivation for being involved with FreeBSD was easy to explain too, "I've yet to find a different way I could apply my technical skills and have anything close to the broad and profound impact on our world that is achieved through my work on FreeBSD."

At this point I had Jim hooked. We discussed the history of FreeBSD, how FreeBSD also supports embedded processors - like those in the hearing aids Jim sells, and the challenges of scaling software to meet the never ending improvements in hardware. The remaining two hours of our flight passed quickly, and during that time I barely noticed the cramps forming in my crumpled legs. I also knew that I had made a lasting impression.

My conversation with Jim alone won't change the public's awareness of FreeBSD. But we all have the power to educate our family, friends, peers, and even the random individuals we meet everyday, about the importance and utility of FreeBSD. It only takes a minute - the time to take a single elevator ride - to give someone an understanding of FreeBSD and our passion for making this platform possible. We just need to be better salesmen. Like Jim, we need to connect on a human level and communicate in ways our audience can comprehend.

So, the next time the opportunity presents itself, take a risk. Try to relate to the person next to you and strike up a conversation. I know this can be hard. Most of us involved in technology are more introverted than outgoing, but I think you'll be surprised how easy it is to draw connections between someone's daily experiences and FreeBSD. In doing so, you'll help grow FreeBSD's mind share and influence.

It may seem improbable that you can change the world one conversation at a time. No one can predict the conversation that will be the genesis of several more, reach a key decision maker for a new product or service, or encourage someone to try FreeBSD. What I do know, is that "word of mouth" - direct, personalized, communication - is our most powerful tool for increasing the reach of FreeBSD.

Spread the word.

Justin T. Gibbs

President and Founder

The FreeBSD Foundation

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Donate TodayFundraising Update

We are half way through the year, and we're about a quarter of the way to our fundraising goal! If you look at our budget, you will see where we have earmarked our funds for 2014. It's an ambitious goal, but it doesn't come close to what we would like to fund to help the Project. Each year we receive more requests for projects to fund, conferences to sponsor, legal support, vendor relation support and visits, equipment for co-location facilities to support and expand the FreeBSD infrastructure, membership fees for FreeBSD developers to get access to specifications, and much more. Our goal, is to increase this support, as we bring in more larger donations.

Where have we spent your donations this year?

  • We funded the new, highly informative on-line magazine, the FreeBSD Journal.
  • We sponsored more conferences and summits, including NYCBSDCon, BSDCan, AsiaBSDCon, and the Ottawa developer and vendor summits.
  • We funded development projects like: Updated video console (Newcons), UEFI system boot support, Native iSCSI kernel stack, New automounter, and Capsicum improvements.
  • We hired a marketing director to increase our FreeBSD marketing and advocacy efforts. This person will help expand our outreach and promotion of FreeBSD via the FreeBSD Journal, white papers, brochures, social media, media outlets and more.
  • We purchased equipment to help protect FreeBSD infrastructure by duplicating support at co-location facilities, so if one goes away, we will still be up and running.
  • We provided release engineering support.
  • We paid for power at co-location facilities, provided tele-conferencing services for FreeBSD teams to communicate and meet more often, and continued to protect our FreeBSD IP.

How are we going to raise the money needed this year?

We are going to ask more. We are going to approach more companies who use FreeBSD and ask them to give back to the Project, via the Foundation. We are also going to increase the number of in-person visits we make each year. These face-to-face visits allow us to present the Project's structure, how it's organized, how to exchange information, and other areas that will make the use of FreeBSD more efficient and effective for the user. We are building our relationships with these larger consumers, and helping facilitate collaboration between them and FreeBSD developers. It's an opportunity to exchange information on what the customers are doing and what is being worked on in the Project.

When we visit these companies, we also present our funding model, where we spend our money, and our fundraising history. Our goal is to show potential donors why we need the money and how we spend it. Our financials are transparent, where we post quarter or year-end financial reports quarterly. Our financial reports now show more detail than before. We have three categories for our spending, Program, Fundraising, and Administrative expenses. You can now get a pretty accurate picture of how much is going to the Project, compared to what we are spending on overhead.

We have our new marketing director, who is committed to improving and increasing our communications and visibility with the FreeBSD and open source communities. We are going to better inform a broader audience on how we are using your funds to improve, grow, and make FreeBSD a widely accepted and universally known and loved operating system.

We still need your help with bringing in donations. First, we continue to need individual donations to not only help us meet our goal, but to show the number of people who really care about FreeBSD. It also helps us meet our IRS public charity status. Second, we need you to help promote the Foundation and FreeBSD by sharing our posts on social media. Do you use FreeBSD? If so, how has it helped you? Sharing your stories helps promote FreeBSD too. Lastly, we have a goal of adding 10 more company logos this year to our donor page. You can help by encouraging your company to donate $10,000 or more to get their logo up on our website to show their support for FreeBSD. And soon, we will be rotating those logos in our footer on our homepage.

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 Projects Development Project Updates

The first half of 2014 was a productive period for FreeBSD Foundation-sponsored project development. Between the Foundation’s four permanent staff members and individual project contractors, we contributed a total of 431 changes to FreeBSD’s development branch - not including additional work bringing changes back into release branches.

FreeBSD 10.0 included Edward Tomasz Napierała’s native in-kernel iSCSI target and initiator. Additional bug fixes and improvements have since been committed, and will appear in FreeBSD 10.1. Chelsio Communications is also building on top of the new iSCSI stack, incorporating changes to take advantage of hardware offload capabilities provided by their 10 gigabit and 40 gigabit Ethernet adapters. Edward has most recently been working on a new automounter implementation, which you can read about below.

Konstantin Belousov investigated reports of poor performance when running PostgreSQL 9.3 on FreeBSD. This work uncovered a number of scalability concerns in the FreeBSD kernel, and changes to address them are currently in progress. Although PostgreSQL was used to expose these issues the changes are applicable to a broader class of similar workloads. Work is also continuing on the Intel graphics driver update.

Glen Barber managed the FreeBSD 9.3 release engineering process. FreeBSD 9.3 released on schedule thanks to his oversight and the hard work of the entire release engineering team. Glen also continued working on producing virtual machine images as part of the FreeBSD release process, in order to ease deployment on cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon EC2, and Google Compute Engine.

Pawel Jakub Dawidek completed a project to improve the auditdistd audit daemon as requested by the FreeBSD Project’s cluster administration team, to ensure access to Project resources is recorded in a secure manner.

The Foundation’s current focus areas for development projects include security, performance, development tools, and architecture support. We have some exciting projects in these areas, that we’ll be announcing shortly.

Individual projects are described in further detail below.

contributed by Ed Maste

Updated System Console

The new vt(4) system console provides a replacement for the legacy system console. It brings a number of improvements, including better integration with graphics modes and broader character set support.

Since the last report additional features have been added to the project’s scope. These include support for double width characters (allowing for Asian character sets), a UEFI framebuffer driver, and early driver priority selection.

To ease the transition from syscons to vt, it is now possible to include both consoles in a single kernel. The standard GENERIC kernel on the i386 and amd64 platforms now includes both. A small module supports a kernel environment variable to select between the two drivers.

This work is currently being merged into the release branch, and will be available in FreeBSD 10.1.

contributed by Aleksandr Rybalko

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UEFI and Secure Boot

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) provides boot- and run-time services for x86 and other computers. For the x86 architecture it replaces the legacy BIOS. This project adapts the FreeBSD loader and kernel boot process for compatibility with UEFI firmware, found on contemporary servers, desktops, and laptops.

The basic UEFI boot process is now complete and integrated into FreeBSD HEAD. The vt(4)-based framebuffer driver is automatically selected for UEFI boot. Nathan Whitehorn contributed some final integration components, including UEFI support in the FreeBSD installer.

Our Secure Boot implementation is delayed, as our plan relied on a Microsoft-signed shim loader, and Microsoft has added new requirements to the process. We do remain committed to providing a Secure Boot implementation, and will adapt the plan as necessary.

We plan to merge all of the UEFI boot and vt(4) console changes to the release branch to be ready to ship in FreeBSD 10.1.

contributed by Ed Maste

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Modern Automount Daemon

A recurring problem reported by large FreeBSD users is deficiencies in the current automounter, amd(8). A new FreeBSD Foundation-sponsored project will develop a new automounter to address these concerns.

The new automounter is a cleanroom implementation of functionality available in most other Unix systems, using proper kernel support provided by a new autofs filesystem. The automounter supports a standard map format, and integrates with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) service.

The project is at an early testing stage. A patch will be released as part of a broader call for testing after additional review on some critical components (in particular, the autofs filesystem). After fixing reported problems the code will be committed to FreeBSD 11-CURRENT. It’s expected to be merged to a release branch in time be included in FreeBSD 10.2.

contributed by Edward Tomasz Napierała

FreeBSD Journal

With careful guidance from its distinguished Editorial Board and contributions from leading authors in the field, the recently launched FreeBSD Journal is publishing important, cutting edge content--and reader response has been ecstatic. In a short period of time—3 issues/6 months—the new magazine has attracted almost 3,000 subscribers and is expected to break the 5,000 mark by year’s end.

The first three issues covered FreeBSD 10.0, pkg(8) and Networking. The focus of the upcoming July-August issue is FreeBSD and Virtualization. Articles include cover topics such as FreeBSD on Amazon's EC2, and FreeBSD's own native virtualization system, bhyve. Plus, you'll find a piece on Xen and an off-topic, bonus article on the USE Method. In addition to technical articles, each issue contains a calendar of upcoming events; provides a bit of history with “this month in FreeBSD;” offers a Conference Report; and the must-read Ports Report and svn update columns. Every issue of the magazine contains essential information for anyone working with FreeBSD and should not be missed!

FreeBSD Journal is available at the Apple, Google and Kindle stores at $19.99/year for six (6) issues or $6.99 for a single issue. Beginning with the July-August issue publishing on August 7, the magazine will also be available for reading on a desktop or laptop computer. We call this the FreeBSD Journal Dynamic Edition. You can learn more about the new Dynamic Edition format and/or subscribe to any version here.

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Conference Updates

NYCBSDCon 2014

NYCBSDCon 2014 was held on February 8 in Manhattan.

Organized by the New York City *BSD User Group, this was the fifth NYCBSDCon in ten years. But unlike past events the aim was not for a large two-day conference with attendees from afar who were already part of the *BSD community.This year's NYCBSDCon was a single day and attracted people from the New York metropolitan area, many of whom are not currently *BSD users.

We publicized heavily in the New York area. Inexpensive tickets were sold in physical locations up to the week before the conference, including at other user groups' events.

The conference theme was "The BSDs in Production." Seeking to highlight why the BSDs are the best solution for a wide array of production scenarios instead of just another option, attendees were exposed to leading examples such as Netflix's use of FreeBSD, Postgresql on ZFS, and particular build environments.

With a capacity crowd of over 100 people, lively presentations and discussions saturated the day. The vast majority of the attendees were local to the New York City area. Remarkably for a *BSD conference a large number were not *BSD users, reflecting the outreach and presentation themes.

A day conference with a local focus is more manageable than a multi-day event in which speakers and attendees arrive from around the globe. We are constantly re-evaluating the conference, moving in different directions from other *BSD conferences and augmenting the variety of *BSD conferences offered worldwide. As with all previous NYCBSDCons, profits are distributed equally to the four *BSD projects (DragonFly BSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD). Once the final wrap-up is complete over $1000 will be donated to each project, raised from registrations, an auction of Michael W. Lucas's "Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition" won by a FreeBSD developer, and the always generous sponsorships including the FreeBSD Foundation. Presentation videos are slowly making their way to YouTube.

contributed by George Rosamond

AsiaBSDCon 2014

FreeBSD Foundation is a Platinum sponsor of AsiaBSDCon 2014 which was held in March.

- What is AsiaBSDCon?

AsiaBSDCon is an international conference for users and developers on BSD-derived operating systems. This conference started in 2004 and has been held in Japan on a yearly basis since 2007. It is a 4-day conference including tutorials, meetings, paper sessions, and social events. The primary goal of this conference is to collect the best technical papers and presentations available to ensure that the latest developments in our open source community are shared with the widest possible audience. It has roughly been recognized as "an annual BSD conference in Japan" and a good place to mingle with developers in Asia. Tokyo is attractive also as a tourism destination; fine Japanese food, high-speed Internet access, Akihabara Electric Town for digital gadget geeks---mixture of Eastern traditional culture and advanced technology.

AsiaBSDCon 2014 was the 9th conference held in a building located in central Tokyo in March, 2014. The number of attendees was 150 including speakers and volunteers. We had 4 invited talks, 6 tutorials, and 19 regular papers. Matthew Ahrens gave a talk about OpenZFS, and Eric Allman gave one about open source business. Scott Long gave one about exciting FreeBSD projects in Netflix, and Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick gave a talk about recent additions to FreeBSD security model and implementation. A regular talk in the conference has a paper corresponding to it, and a printed proceedings which contains all of the papers is distributed in advance, by the common practice in academia to help people understand the topics. The official language in the oral sessions and the papers is English.

- How does FreeBSD benefit from AsiaBSDCon?

A lot of FreeBSD developers have attended AsiaBSDCon and actively discussed their on-going projects. FreeBSD Developer Summit is regularly held in the first two days as done in the other long-established BSD conferences including BSDCan in Canada and EuroBSDCon in European region. In 10 years, more than 80 technical papers on FreeBSD and/or by active FreeBSD developers were presented in AsiaBSDCon. The papers in PDF and videos of them can be found at the official web site.

Most of FreeBSD developers in Asian region do not attend conferences in US or Europe because of the distance, cost, and language issues while they have worked on interesting topics. AsiaBSDCon is providing an opportunity for face-to-face communication among such people, and it worked successfully so far. Over 60 *BSD developers from Asia, Europe, and North America attend every year.

- Sponsorship from FreeBSD Foundation

The AsiaBSDCon organizing committee has been supported by sponsorship from several organizations. The FreeBSD Foundation is one of the primary sponsors of AsiaBSDCon for years and also providing travel grants for FreeBSD developers. I would like to extend our appreciation to FreeBSD Foundation for supporting us on behalf of the organizing committee. It allows us to invite developers from various regions far from Japan such as Europe and US.

- Future Conferences

The next one, AsiaBSDCon 2015 is planned in March 2015 and the preparation is in progress. Please consider submitting your paper and coming to Japan. You are sure to be satisfied with the experiences there.

Official Web Site


contributed by Hiroki Sato

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BSDCan 2014

BSDCan 2014 was well received by all. This was our eleventh year and we had many new people attending for their first time. In total, we had 241 (up 9% from last year) people from 24 countries.

With increased sponsorship, we were able to increase our food budget, much to the rave reviews of the attendees. Everyone agreed we should make this a permanent feature.

Discussion occurred during and after the conference regarding scheduling issues. We are trying to avoid a few major holidays and other large events. With that in mind, BSDCan 2015 will be moved to June. We are trying to avoid Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Victoria Day, and the Ottawa marathon. A formal announcement will be made soon.

We had a great line-up of talks and social events. The video and audio is on YouTube (a list can be found here). We have continued to be a conference where both developers and end-users meet to learn and work together. Every year, people come to Ottawa to meet and discuss their mutual interests. Great working relationships are created and long-lasting friendships are started. In many instances, BSDCan is the only chance for collaborators to meet in person.

This year I had a great help from Jennifer Russell. She was the main contact for the speakers and dealt with travel and accommodation issues. Jennifer’s work was very valuable to the conference and we hope to have her back for next year.

I cannot say enough positive things about our sponsors. Sponsorship is key to any conference, but for small conferences such as BSDCan, they are the reason we can carry on. Without their contributions, BSDCan would be a vastly different event. Sponsorship allows us to bring in speakers who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Our thanks to our sponsors, speakers, and attendees. See you in June 2015.

contributed by Dan Langille

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Ottawa Developer Summit 2014

A FreeBSD Developers Summit was held May 14th, 15th, and 16th in Ottawa, Canada alongside the BSDCan 2014 conference. Seventy-two FreeBSD developers and forty-seven guests attended the summit. Breakout sessions were held on a wide range of topics including Documentation Translation, Java, Hardware Performance Monitoring Counters, Ports and Packages, Testing, and OpenZFS on the first two days of the summit. Scott Long and Mike Peterson talked about how a FreeBSD consumer can build community with the FreeBSD project and with vendors. John Baldwin presented a description of a new release support model proposed by the FreeBSD Core team in conjunction with the release engineering, security, and port manager teams. Several developers presented talks during a developers summit track open to all BSDCan attendees on May 16th.

Attendees networked at a casual, summit-wide dinner on Wednesday evening as well as at a "speed-geeking" vendor summit on Thursday evening. After dinner each evening, attendees hacked code, swapped stories, and watched Quake running in Javascript.

The developers summit would not have been possible without generous support from sponsors including The FreeBSD Foundation, BSDCan, and Tarsnap. All of the developers and guests who chaired and participated in breakout sessions and gave talks also contributed greatly to the summit's success.

contributed by John Baldwin

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Ottawa Vendor Summit 2014

At previous Vendor Summits, we worked through a list of issues and suggested improvements provided by the vendors. For the 2014 BSDCan Vendor Summit we took a different approach and connected the vendor's developers with project members as a way of recruiting additional FreeBSD committers. In order to facilitate the forming of productive working relationships between committers and those who wished to become committers, several volunteers gave a 3 minute overview of their area of the system (storage, networking, continuous integration, etc.). They then recruited volunteers from the audience to join the them in discussing their area of focus. After 20 minutes everyone picked a new area for discussion allowing many people to be exposed to multiple areas of interest. We held three rounds of twenty minutes each, followed by dinner.

Thanks to Ed Maste, Stacey Son, David Chisnal, Craig Rodrigues, Alexander Motin, Luigi Rizzo and Marcel Moolenaar for leading the discussions.

contributed by George Neville-Neil

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Developer Summit Cambridge 2014

The FreeBSD Foundation was pleased to be a sponsor of the FreeBSD Developer Summit Cambridge, which took place July 9-12, 2014, in Cambridge, UK. Check out the August Monthly Update for a full Summit recap.

EuroBSDCon 2014 Conference

The FreeBSD Foundation is a Gold Sponsor for the upcoming EuroBSDCon 2014 Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria September 25-28, 2014. We are also sponsoring the Developer Summit that takes place the two days before the conference. Many of our board members will be there, so make sure you stop by our table to say hi and make a donation for our Fall Fundraising Campaign!

2014 Grace Hopper Celebration

The FreeBSD Foundation is excited to be a Silver Sponsor at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration . GHC 2014 takes place October 8-10, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona. We hope to see you there.

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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 2014 so far.

2014 Conference Grant Recipients:

  • NYCBSDCon 2014 Conference
  • AsiaBSDCon 2014 Conference
  • BSDCan 2014 Conference
  • Ottawa 2014 Developer Summit
  • Ottawa 2014 Vendor Summit
  • Developer Summit Cambridge
  • Grace Hopper Celebration
  • EuroBSDCon 2014
  • EuroBSDCon Developer Summit
  • OpenZFS Vendor Summit

2014 Project Grant Recipients:

  • Pawel Jakub Dawidek - auditdistd(8) improvements for the FreeBSD cluster
  • Pawel Jakub Dawidek - Integrating the Casper daemon into FreeBSD
  • Aleksandr Rybalko - Updated vt(4) system console

2014 Travel Grant Recipients:

  • BSDCan - 7 travel grants awarded
  • BSDDay Argentina - 1 travel grant awarded
  • Cambridge Developer Summit - 1 travel grant awarded
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    Limelight Networks

    Limelight Networks is a top tier content delivery network (CDN) offering superior performance and high availability with a massive network footprint, an object-based global file system that provides policy controlled storage and replication, powerful software that enables organizations to deliver faster websites, more responsive web applications, the highest quality video for both on demand and live streaming, while operating at the scale needed to deliver software downloads and games updates to any device, mobile or fixed, anywhere in the world.

    Our FreeBSD deployment is on order of tens of thousands of bare metal systems strategically located at internet exchange and peering points of presence around the world.

    We are proud to deliver using FreeBSD and have done so since 2001. Limelight Networks is committed to the long term success of FreeBSD and we appreciate the efforts of the FreeBSD community and The FreeBSD Foundation.

    -- Kevin Bowling, Systems Architect, Limelight Networks

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    Our 2014 Q1-Q2 Profit/Loss and 2014 Q1-Q2 Balance Sheet are posted on our website.

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