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.
Kris will be giving a presentation on the new 9.0 PBI format at AsiaBSDCon in Tokyo, Japan on March 19th. He’ll also have some PC-BSD DVDs and swag to give away during the conference.
Once the presentation paper is available online, we’ll provide a link to the PDF.
There will be a PC-BSD booth at SCALE, February 26–27 in Los Angeles. We’ll be giving out copies of PC-BSD 8.2 (which will be released by then) as well as some cool swag. The SCALE expo tends to be busy, so stop by the booth early to say hi! and get some swag before it runs out.
I’ll also be giving a presentation entitled PC-BSD: an Easy to Use Open Source Desktop and will post the slides once they’ve been uploaded.
If you’ve considered taking the BSDA certification exam, you can do so during SCALE.
If you plan to visit us during SCALE, you’ll want to register. The cost is minimal and there is a student discount. Hope to see some of you there!
We’ll be giving away PC-BSD 8.1 DVDs and cool swag in the Exhibition area during LISA, November 10–11 in San Jose, CA. Registration is free for the Exhibition, so we hope to see some of you there! Stop by the booth and chat for a while.
Several members of the PC-BSD team will be attending NYCBSDCon in NYC, November 13–14. If you’re in the NYC travel area and haven’t attended a NYCBSDCon yet, you don’t know what you’re missing as this is definitely one of the friendliest BSD conferences. Registration is still open and the low cost includes breakfast and lunch during the conference.
Kris Moore will be delivering his presentation “PC-Sysinstall: a New System Installer Backend for PC-BSD and FreeBSD”. There will be a PC-BSD BOF session at 17:30 on the 13th. And we’ll be giving out PC-BSD DVDs and cool swag during the Con, so be sure to stop by the PC-BSD booth.
Interested in learning more about PC-BSD and the other BSD projects? Want to meet the developers and other BSD users? Looking for a place to ask questions, share tips and discuss all things BSD? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may want to consider joining us for MeetBSD 2010 in Mountain View, California on November 5th & 6th. The registration fee is only $25 and you can register here.
If you have a commit bit for one of the BSD projects (src, ports, or docs) or have been a Summer of Code student for a BSD project, you are also welcome to attend the FreeBSD DevSummit on November 4th. Like previous DevSummits, add yourself to the wiki if you plan to attend. If you need to be sponsored (i.e. don’t have a FreeBSD commit bit), let Kris know and he’ll add you to the wiki page. While the DevSummit concentrates on FreeBSD, committers from the other BSD projects are also welcome as cross-pollination of ideas is always a good thing.