This Saturday, September 17, is Software Freedom Day (SFD). SFD is an annual global event that encourages open source software users to reach out to their local community to educate others about the benefits of using open source.
Frederic Muller, President of SFI, the non-profit organization behind Software Freedom Day, has been very helpful in encouraging FreeBSD and PC-BSD users to participate in SFD. A copy of PC-BSD was included with the 210 packages that were shipped to the pre-registered teams.
PC-BSD users are encouraged to put together a team and to register it on the SFD wiki. If you have not participated in SFD before, take a moment to read through the Start Guide for instructions on how to promote your team. If you do register a team, leave a comment so that we can mention it on the @bsdevents twitter feed.
PC-BSD will once again have a booth at Ohio LinuxFest on Saturday, September 10 in Columbus, Ohio. Kris Moore, Ken Moore, and Dru Lavigne will be at the booth, so be sure to drop by and say hi and get your PC-BSD questions answered. We’ll be giving out copies of PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.5, FreeNAS8.0.1-BETA4, and some cool swag while it lasts. We’ll also be accepting donations for the FreeBSD Foundation. You can register for Ohio LinuxFest here: registration is free as an Enthusiast or you can opt to pay $65 as a supporter.
Dru Lavigne will also be teaching a one day class on Friday, September 9 entitled FreeBSD for Linux System Administrators. The course description and cost are detailed here.
The BSDA certification exam will also be offered on Sunday, September 11. You can register for the exam at this event here.
Members of the PC-BSD team will be attending Southeast Linuxfest in Spartanburg, SC, June 10–12. Conference registration is free.
On Saturday, June 11, Kris Moore will give a presentation entitled “Introduction to PC-BSD” and Dru Lavigne will give a presentation entitled “How Can I Contribute to Open Source?”. The rest of the day they will be available at the BSD booth in the expo area. Be sure to drop by the booth to say hi and to pickup some free swag and a PC-BSD DVD.
For those interested in taking the BSD certification exam at this event, it will be held on Sunday morning.
The FreeBSD booth in the Expo area of LinuxFest NorthWest will be giving out PC-BSD DVDs and other cool swag. If you’re in Bellingham, WA this weekend, be sure to stop by booth number 401.
If you’ve been thinking about getting BSDA certified, the exam will also be available at this event on Sunday at 14:30. You can learn more about BSDA certification here.
On Saturday, April 9, Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre (FLISOL) will be hosting a virtual conference (in Spanish). Details for joining the conference using streaming media, Second Life, and IRC are at the FLISOL website.
Sergio Ligregni will be giving a presentation on PC-BSD and a link to his presentation video will be posted here once it is available. In the mean time, here is the abstract for the presentation and a bio for Sergio:
This presentation explains to non-Open Source users the PC-BSD operating system, with a little demo of its easy install. It is meant to be more a video to encourage people to use PC-BSD than a tutorial, talking about a little history, the advantages of using it (making special mention of students and casual computer users, and also strong computer users like system administrators) and some project info, i.e. the video tells that if you are about to start a Computer Science major, you can contact the project and get a lot of learning from it, contributing with its development. The video will be presented at FLISOL Virtual (Latin American Free and Open Source Software Installation Festival, virtual mode). This video mainly express the idea: “PC-BSD is ready for you, you just have to use it!”.
Sergio Ligregni, Computer Science Engineer, lives in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Currently he works as C++ Developer Architect for IBM, previous experience includes two years in C++ app development and one year in tech support and testing. He participated in Google Summer of Code 2010 with the Distributed Audit project (about to be implemented). He taught during one period at Queretaro’s Technological Institute a Programming Fundamentals class where he spread the word about FOSS, particularly PC-BSD.
Indiana Linuxfest has just confirmed that there will be an Installfest this Friday at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. If you’re interested, head to the Golden Ballroom 6 anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. I’ll be bringing PC-BSD 8.2 DVDs, a copy of Parted Magic, as well as FreeNAS 8 RC3 CDs in case anyone is interested in giving FreeNAS a go. Feel free to drop by if you’re interested in hanging out, assisting other users, or trying an installation yourself.