Robert Watson Joins the FreeBSD Foundation Board of Directors and Executive Team

Justin T. Gibbs gibbs at
Mon Mar 3 14:14:33 PST 2003

March 3, 2003
Boulder, CO

Justin Gibbs
The FreeBSD Foundation
gibbs at

FreeBSD Core Team Member Robert Watson Joins the FreeBSD Foundation
Board of Directors and Executive Team

The FreeBSD Foundation announced today that FreeBSD Core Team member
and respected developer Robert Watson has joined the board of
directors of the FreeBSD Foundation, a non-profit corporation
dedicated to the advancement of the open source FreeBSD operating
system.  Mr. Watson assumes the title of President of the
Foundation.  Jonathan Bresler, the FreeBSD Foundation's former
President, will replace John Polstra in the Vice President position.
Mr. Polstra had last year expressed a desire to give up his
Foundation responsibilities, citing lack of time.

Mr. Watson is well-known within the open source community.  A
long-time developer on the FreeBSD Project, Mr. Watson has
specialized in security-related enhancements to the operating
system.  He founded the TrustedBSD Project, which seeks to provide
trusted operating system extensions on the FreeBSD platform.
In addition to his FreeBSD development activities, Mr. Watson is
a prominent member of the FreeBSD Core Team, the FreeBSD Project's
9-member elected policy-making body.  By day, Mr. Watson is a
research scientist and DARPA Principal Investigator at Network
Associates Laboratories, where his research interests include
operating system and network protocol security.

"We are tremendously pleased to have Robert joining the FreeBSD
Foundation team," said Justin Gibbs, the founder of the
Foundation and its Secretary/Treasurer.  "Robert's experience with
grant-based funding, his leadership skills, his wide recognition
within the open source community, and his energy and enthusiasm will
be very valuable assets."

About the FreeBSD Foundation

The FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
dedicated to supporting the FreeBSD Project. The Foundation
gratefully accepts donations from individuals and businesses, using
them to fund projects which further the development of the FreeBSD
operating system. In addition, the Foundation can represent the
FreeBSD Project in executing contracts, license agreements, and
other legal arrangements which require a recognized legal entity. 

The FreeBSD Foundation's activities have included:

  * Negotiating a license with Sun Microsystems to distribute a
    FreeBSD version of Sun's Java Development Kit (JDK)(TM) and Java
    Runtime Environment (JRE)(TM).

  * Acquiring computing resources and funding development work on
    Java for FreeBSD.

  * Providing financial support for the June, 2002 FreeBSD Developer

  * Funding the development of enhancements to IPFW, FreeBSD's
    packet filtering feature.

For more information about the FreeBSD Foundation, visit their web
site at <>.

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