PC-BSD at LinuxFest NorthWest

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.


PC-BSD Presentation at Festival Virtual de Software Libre

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.


Installfest on Friday (at ILF)

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.


PC-BSD at ILF and FlourishConf

PC-BSD will be at Indiana LinuxFest this upcoming weekend and at FlourishConf on the following weekend. If you’re near Indianapolis or Chicago, drop by as registration is free for both events.

Each event will have a BSD booth where you can learn more about PC-BSD (and the other BSDs), pick up a PC-BSD DVD and some cool swag, and/or make a donation to the FreeBSD Foundation. Each event will also have a (different) talk on PC-BSD. And if you’ve been thinking about taking the BSDA exam, you can do so at either event.

There’s talk of having an installfest this Friday at Indiana LinuxFest. I’ll post more details here if that comes together.


FreeBSD System Automation with pc-sysinstall and Chef

On March 31, Stephen Nelson-Smith will be giving a remote presentation (via bigbluebutton) at this month’s CAPBUG meeting. Details for accessing the live presentation via your web browser will be announced before the event on the CAPBUG mailing list. The presentation will include a discussion on using pc-sysinstall to automate FreeBSD installations. Here is the presentation’s synopsis and presenter bio:


Although FreeBSD is in many ways one of the most advanced operating systems in the world, boasting access to a vast array of current, upstream software, and with ZFS and dtrace increasingly mature in the latest releases, it still has a reputation for being difficult to manage and automate, compared to Linux. This talk looks at system automation and configuration management strategies on FreeBSD, exploring unattended installs using the pc-sysinstall tool, system management using Opscode Chef, and options for running FreeBSD in the cloud.


Stephen Nelson-Smith is an experienced agile infrastructure consultant, UNIX system administrator and Ruby and Python programmer. As principal consultant at Atalanta Systems, he evangelises 21st century systems infrastructure, and specialises in system automation, monitoring, and the application of lean and XP-derived principles on the operations side of the business. A ruthlessly logical problem solver, powerful communicator, and enthusiastic mentor and motivator, his skills have been employed by household names such as Sony, Motorola, the AA, the Department of Education, and a host of young, technology-driven enterprises. A thought leader in the emerging infrastructure-as-code community, his blog agilesysadmin.net is essential reading for anyone building software today.


Application to be a Google Summer of Code Mentoring Organization

The PC-BSD Project has applied to be a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2011 (GSoC). GSoC funds students to contribute to an open source project over their summer break. GSoC provides students an excellent opportunity to improve their collaborative development skills and become an active contributor within an open source community. Google will announce the projects that will participate in GSoC 2011 on March 18.

If the PC-BSD Project is accepted as a mentoring organization and you are interested in applying for GSoC 2011, the PC-BSD GSoC 2011 wiki provides some sample project ideas which are suitable for Summer of Code projects. You are not limited to these suggestions–ideas for projects that will benefit the PC-BSD community are welcome. If you are interested in a proposal, read through the submission template and make sure that your application is in to Google between March 28 and April 8, 2011. Accepted students will be announced on April 25.

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