Google Summer of Code 2016 summary

January 14, 2017 posted by Thomas Klausner

The NetBSD Foundation took part in the 2016 Google Summer of Code.

Hrishikesh Goyal worked on the project "Implement Ext4fs support in ReadOnly mode". He tackled two features of an ext4fs implementation: extents and HTree DIR read/write support. His work was committed into the NetBSD source tree in multiple commits.

charles cui worked on adding tests for better "POSIX Test Suite Compliance". This involved porting the Open Posix benchmark suite to NetBSD. Many of the tests showed missing features, and Charles worked with his mentors to improve the results. See his summary for details.

Leonardo Taccari worked on "Split debug symbols for pkgsrc builds". He already blogged about this in much detail on this blog.

A big thank you to Google for sponsoring the students to work on NetBSD, the students for working on the projects, and the mentors that were helping them along! [0 comments]


Announcing pkgsrcCon 2015 in Berlin

May 25, 2015 posted by Sebastian Wiedenroth


The 10th pkgsrcCon is happening on the weekend of July 4th and 5th 2015 in Berlin. Developers, contributors, and users are all welcome to attend.

More details can be found on the pkgsrcCon 2015 website.

Call for presentations

Everyone is welcome to make a presentation. So please do! If you already have title or topic please send an email to

I look forward to seeing you there!



AsiaBSDCon 2015

March 30, 2015 posted by Justin Cormack

Trip report from AsiaBSDCon 2015[Read More] [3 comments]


NetBSD developer summit at EuroBSDCon 2014 in Sofia

September 30, 2014 posted by Martin Husemann

More than twenty NetBSD developers gathered at EuroBSDCon 2014 in Sofia[Read More] [1 comment]


Call for Presentations: BSD devroom at FOSDEM 2014

November 16, 2013 posted by Benny Siegert

FOSDEM 2014 will take place on 1–2 February, 2014, in Brussels, Belgium. Just like in the last years, there will be both a BSD booth and a developer's room (on Saturday).

The topics of the devroom include all BSD operating systems. Every talk is welcome, from internal hacker discussion to real-world examples and presentations about new and shiny features. The default duration for talks will be 45 minutes including discussion. Feel free to ask if you want to have a longer or a shorter slot.

If you already submitted a talk last time, please note that the procedure is slightly different.

To submit your proposal, visit

and follow the instructions to create an account and an “event”. Please select “BSD devroom” as the track. (Click on “Show all” in the top right corner to display the full form.)

Please include the following information in your submission:

  • The title and subtitle of your talk (please be descriptive, as titles will be listed with ~500 from other projects)
  • A short abstract of one paragraph
  • A longer description if you wish to do so
  • Links to related websites/blogs etc.

The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2013. The talk committee, consisting of Daniel Seuffert, Marius Nünnerich and Benny Siegert, will consider the proposals. If yours has been accepted, you will be informed by e-mail before the end of the year.

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Announcing NetBSD Hackathon - February 10th to 12th, 2012

February 03, 2012 posted by Matthias Scheler

The 16th NetBSD hackathon will be run from February 10th to February 12th. Our goal is fixing all the bugs that need fixing to get NetBSD-current ready for the creation of the NetBSD 6.0 release branch.

Everybody that has an interest in NetBSD, from developers, documentation writers, translators, to advanced users are invited to attend. To make sure that NetBSD users get the best possible experience of the new release we would like to fix as many bugs as possible. For a list of bugs and more information look at the Wiki Page please.

If you are able to help us fixing these bugs by supplying patches or testing fixes please consider to participate. We are also in need of people to supply documentation fixes, preferably in the form of patches. Release notes and/or manual pages!

Join us on the IRC channel #netbsd-code on freenode ( Just join, have a look around and ask your questions or what work needs to be done.



Meet us at FOSDEM 2012

February 03, 2012 posted by Marc Balmer

This weekend (Feb. 4 - 5) FOSDEM, The Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting will be held at the university of Brussels and NetBSD will be present with a booth and there will be NetBSD related talks and presentations in the BSD devroom on sunday.

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NetBSD participating in Google Summer of Code™ 2011

March 19, 2011 posted by S.P.Zeidler

NetBSD participates in Google Summer of Code 2011 for the 7th year running.

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NetBSD at the 17th LinuxTag in Berlin

March 14, 2011 posted by Marc Balmer

The 17th LinuxTag takes place from May 11th - 14th, 2011 in Berlin.

There will be a BSD booth and NetBSD will be present with merchandise. Visit us there to discuss NetBSD and have a good time.

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February 24, 2011 posted by Marc Balmer

On the first weekend of february, FOSDEM, the biggest european open source developers gathering, was again held in Brussels, Belgium.

NetBSD was very well represented with a booth, together with the FreeBSD folks, an a talk covering the recent addition of the Lua programming language to the base system.

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EuroBSDCon 2010 - Call for Papers

June 17, 2010 posted by Sarah Cockburn

The following information was received from the organisers of EuroBSDCon 2010.

This year the 9th European BSD Conference will be held on October 8 - 10, 2010 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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EuroBSDCon 2009 - Cambridge, UK

October 01, 2009 posted by Sarah Cockburn

The 8th EuroBSD Con was held at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom on 18 - 20 September 2009. This year four NetBSD Developers Alistair Crooks, Adam Hamsik, Joerg Sonnenberger and Arnaud Ysmal presented a range of topics including Role Based Access Control, Journaling FFS, NetBSD LVM, The pkgsrc wrapper framework, A BSD licensed PGP library, and fs-utils: File systems access tools in userland. This post contains a short summary and links to their slides and papers.

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