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.


PC-BSD at AsiaBSDCon

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 2627 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!

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