Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cell phones and BSD

Xin LI pointed me at BSDroid, a project which aims to provide native binaries for tools and make it possible to develop Android applications on FreeBSD. This reminded me of the underreported fact that the Android software for the G1 phone uses various bits of NetBSD and OpenBSD userland, and of course the iPhone 3g includes elements of the BSD subsystem. You can even get a terminal app for the Android. What other phones have significant BSD software in them?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

All Videos from AsiaBSDCon 2008 Posted

Thanks to Hiroki Sato, we have finished uploading all remaining videos from last year's AsiaBSDCon conference. The new videos are especially appreciated because they include some NetBSD and OpenBSD videos which have previously been under represented in the bsdconferences channel and it is nice to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas (including to more general open source conferences).

These videos are in addition to the 6 other FreeBSD videos already posted from AsiaBSDCon 2008 as announced here and here.

Summer of Code 2009

By this point I hope everyone has seen the announcement from Tim Kientzle that FreeBSD will be participating in the Google Summer of Code for the fifth consecutive summer. More general information is available from the Google Open Source Blog Post about GSoC 2009.

The list of potential project ideas has improved significantly in recent weeks and is still being updated. This year Robert and Manolis put together some posters that can be used on university campuses to raise awareness about this program. Please help forward the announcement mails on to student lists and if you have a university affiliation please consider posting the posters on department bulletin boards.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Brief History of the BSD Fast Filesystem

Two new videos are available from AsiaBSDCon 2008, including :

* A Brief History of the BSD Fast Filesystem, Kirk McKusick.
* Using FreeBSD to Promote Open Source Development Methods, Brooks Davis

It has been less than two months since I posted Dr. Kirk McKusick's Kernel Internals video and the popularity of this video has been stunning. The 11,000 views in less than 2 months makes it by far the most popular video in the bsdconferences channel.