svn commit: r48043 - head/en_US.ISO8859-1/htdocs/news/status

Benjamin Kaduk bjk at
Sun Jan 17 05:16:42 UTC 2016

Author: bjk
Date: Sun Jan 17 05:16:40 2016
New Revision: 48043

  Add FreeBSD Foundation entry from Anne Dickison


Modified: head/en_US.ISO8859-1/htdocs/news/status/report-2015-10-2015-12.xml
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+  <project cat='misc'>
+    <contact>
+      <person>
+	<name>
+	  <given>Deb</given>
+	  <common>Goodkin</common>
+	</name>
+	<email>deb at</email>
+      </person>
+    </contact>
+    <links>
+      <url href="">Foundation Website</url>
+      <url href="">FreeBSD Journal</url>
+    </links>
+    <body>
+      <p>The FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
+	organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the &os;
+	Project and community worldwide.  Funding comes from individual
+	and corporate donations and is used to fund and manage
+	development projects, conferences and developer summits, and
+	provide travel grants to &os; developers.  The Foundation
+	purchases hardware to improve and maintain &os; infrastructure
+	and publishes &os; white papers and marketing material to
+	promote, educate, and advocate for the &os; Project.  The
+	Foundation also represents the &os; Project in executing
+	contracts, license agreements, and other legal arrangements
+	that require a recognized legal entity.</p>
+      <p>Here are some highlights of what we did to help &os;
+	last quarter:</p>
+      <p>On the advocacy front, the Foundation attended and
+	sponsored EuroBSDcon, which took place Oct 1-4 (<a
+	  href=""></a>
+	)in Stockholm, Sweden.  Two days prior, during the developer
+	summit, Deb Goodkin ran a session on Recruiting to &os;.  The
+	Foundation was also very active during the event itself; in
+	addition to Deb, we had &a.dru;, &a.mckusick;, &a.erwin;,
+	&a.emaste;, &a.hrs;, and &a.trasz; attend the conference.  Deb
+	and Ed gave a presentation on how the Foundation supports a
+	BSD project.  Kirk gave a presentation on "a Brief
+	History of the BSD Fast File System," and he taught the
+	two-day tutorial "Introduction to the &os; Open-Source
+	Operating System."</p>
+      <p>Deb then attended the 2015 Grace Hopper Conference
+	that was held in Houston, TX, October 14-16.  The conference is
+	for women in computing and most of the attendees were female
+	computer science majors, female software developers, and
+	college professors.  The Foundation was proud to be a Silver
+	Sponsor.  The conference was very successful for us; our
+	presence allowed us to to raise awareness of the Project, help
+	recruit more women,  and get more professors to include &os;
+	in their curriculum.</p>
+      <p>&a.gnn; traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to present
+	talks on DTrace, &os;, and teaching with DTrace, at
+	Chulalongkorn University, which is the largest University in
+	Thailand with the largest engineering school.  The first talk
+	he gave was his practitioner's introduction to DTrace in which
+	he explains the technology, history and usage, without diving
+	into all the kernel subsystems.  The second was the sales
+	pitch for teaching with Dtrace and with &os;.  The pitch
+	was well received and there was some very good points made by
+	the audience.  The facts that the course materials are both
+	open source and hosted on github were also well received.</p>
+      <p>&a.mckusick; completed a 10-hour tutorial about &os;
+	for Pearson Education in their "Live Lesson"
+	program.  In particular, there is a great free snippet from
+	that course comparing &os; against Linux here:
+	<a href=""></a> .
+	Find out more about the whole session at:
+	<a href="*uS0&subid=&offerid=163217.1&type=10&tmpid=3559&">*uS0&subid=&offerid=163217.1&type=10&tmpid=3559&</a> .</p>
+      <p>Anne Dickison resumed the Faces of &os; series
+	with interviews featuring Michael Dexter and Erin Clark.  She
+	also continued to produce and distribute &os; materials for
+	conferences, as well as advocating for &os; over our social
+	channels.</p>
+      <p>&a.gnn; headed up the latest Silicon Valley Vendor
+	and Developer Summit, November 2-3, at the NetApp campus in
+	Sunnyvale, California.  Topics of discussion ranged over new
+	developments in persistent memory, the use of &os; by a
+	company that builds rackscale systems, developments in our
+	compiler and tool suite, as well as others.  Additional
+	Foundation Board and Staff attending the summit included: Deb
+	Goodkin, &a.gjb;, &a.gibbs;, &a.mckusick;, &a.emaste;, and
+	&a.hrs;.  The complete schedule, and some of the slides, are
+	available on the &os; Wiki
+	<a href=""></a> .</p>
+      <p>Notes from the always lively "Have/Need/Want
+	session" are available at
+	<a href=""></a> .</p>
+      <p>While in the Bay Area, some Foundation members visited
+	commercial users of &os; to help understand their needs, update
+	them on the work the Foundation is doing, and facilitate
+	collaboration between them and the Project.</p>
+      <p>We were a sponsor of the 2015 OpenZFS Developer
+	Summit, which took place October 19-20, in San Francisco, CA.
+	&a.gibbs; and &a.mckusick; attended the conference.</p>
+      <p>&a.gibbs; continued his semester long class teaching
+	Intro to Computer Science using &os; at a middle
+	school.</p>
+      <p>&a.emaste;, &a.trasz;, and &a.kib; continue to make
+	progress on Foundation funded development projects.  More
+	specifically:</p>
+      <ul>
+	<li>Ed Worked on a number of items relating to the
+	  tool chain: LLD linker, ELF Tool Chain components, and LLDB
+	  debugger, and tested, integrated, and merged outstanding UEFI
+	  work.</li>
+	<li>Edward finished work on the reroot project as well
+	  spending some time on a certificate-transparency port.  He also
+	  implemented a prototype to support disk IO limit in RCTL.</li>
+	<li>Konstantin rewrote the out of memory killer logic,
+	  which, in particular, fixed &os; operation on systems
+	  without swap, especially systems with verry little memory.  The
+	  later are becoming more and more common with popularity of
+	  embedded ARM platforms were &os; runs, but it also affects
+	  large systems which are usually configured without swap.  He
+	  also finalized and committed the shared page support for the
+	  ARMv7 and ARMv8 systems.  This allows for a non-executable
+	  stack on ARMv7, and a much faster, userspace gettimeofday(2)
+	  for both, similar to on x86.</li>
+      </ul>
+      <p>&a.emaste; presented a &os;/arm64 talk and a hands-on
+	demo at ARM Techcon, which took place November 10-12, 2015, in
+	Santa Clara, CA.</p>
+      <p>We continued publishing our monthly newsletters and
+	acquiring new company testimonials about using &os;, including
+	from Verisign and Nginx.</p>
+      <p>Anne Dickison, &a.dru;, and &a.gjb; represented the
+	Foundation at USENIX LISA ’15, which took place November 3-8,
+	in Washington D.C..  The Foundation had a booth in the Expo
+	Hall and participated in a BoF.  In addition to connecting with
+	current community members, we spoke with attendees who were
+	interested in getting involved with the Project, and helped
+	set them on the correct path.  We also took the opportunity to
+	remind those who hadn’t used &os; in a while what they were
+	missing.  Glen also attended the USENIX Release Engineering
+	Summit, which was co-located with LISA ’15.</p>
+      <p>We published the Sept/Oct and Nov/Dec issues of the
+	&os; Journal.</p>
+      <p>&a.gnn; and &a.rwatson; announced the release of
+	their TeachBSD initiative:
+	<a href=""></a>.
+	TeachBSD offers a set of reusable course materials designed to
+	allow others to teach both university students and software
+	practitioners &os; operating system fundamentals.  The
+	Foundation is proud to have partly sponsored their efforts to
+	teach the initial graduate level course on operating systems
+	with tracing at the University of Cambridge.</p>
+      <p>Deb Goodkin invited a representative from the
+	Outreachy program to talk at the Ottawa &os; Developer Summit
+	about the program and how we can get involved.</p>
+      <p>Deb also started discussions with CS professors from
+	the University of Colorado, Boulder to offer some Intro to
+	&os; workshops.</p>
+      <p>&a.gjb; continued wearing many hats to support to the Project.
+	For Release Engineering:
+	<ul>
+	  <li>Added support for building <tt>BANANAPI</tt>,
+	    <tt>CUBIEBOARD</tt>, and <tt>CUBIEBOARD2</tt> arm
+	    images.</li>
+	  <li>Deprecated use of MD5 checksums used for
+	    verifying installation media downloaded from the &os; Project
+	    mirrors.</li>
+	  <li>Various miscellaneous updates and fixes to release
+	    build code.</li>
+	  <li>Continued providing regular development snapshot
+	    builds.</li>
+	</ul>
+	Under Systems Administration:
+	<ul>
+	  <li>Assisted the Admins team with migrating various
+	    services to two new colocation facilities near Sunnyvale,
+	    generously provided by RootBSD and LimeLight Networks.</li>
+	  <li>Moved email services for the Foundation to a new
+	    server.</li>
+	</ul>
+      </p>
+      <p>&a.emaste; attended the Reproducible Builds World
+	Summit, which took place in Athens, Greece, December 1-3,
+	2015.</p>
+      <p>We wrapped up our 2015 fundraising efforts with our
+	End-of-Year fundraising campaign by participating in
+	#GivingTuesday, and continuing with weekly email and social
+	media requests for support of the Foundation.  Final
+	fundraising numbers will be available in Q1 2016.</p>
+    </body>
+  </project>

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