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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NetBSD developer summit in Cambridge/UK

September 27, 2009 posted by Matthias Scheler

On Friday, the 18th of September, a group of NetBSD developers from all over the world met during a developer summit at the Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge/UK. It provided a great opportunity for developers to meet each other in person, to share ideas and to talk about ongoing and future projects.
The summit was organised by Stephen Borrill and sponsored by Precedence Technologies, a Cambridge based company selling NetBSD based products.

Based on a presentation by Alistair Crooks the roadmap for NetBSD 6.0 was discussed. Here are some of the highlights that are planned for NetBSD 6.0:

  • System:
    • kernel modules
    • POSIX shared memory
    • processor & cache aware scheduler
  • Networking:
    • Mobile IPv6
    • SCTP
    • netboot from HTTP
  • Storage:
    • LVM
    • ZFS
    • iSCSI initiator
    • devfs
  • Virtualisation:
    • Xen domU migration, suspend & resume
    • Xen ballon driver
    • Gaols via kauth (similar to FreeBSD jails)
    • iSCSI booting
  • Security:
    • RBAC kernel
    • netpgp
    The current plan is to branch NetBSD 6.0 in March 2010 and release it in summer 2010.

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    Announcing EuroBSDcon 2009

    July 13, 2009 posted by Matthias Scheler

    EuroBSDcon 2009
    Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September,
    University of Cambridge, UK

    A day of tutorials followed by 2 days of conference talks covering a wide variety of BSD related topics. This is the European BSD Community's annual event to meet, share and interact across the projects and between friends.

    This year's line up features...

    • ISC and *BSD
    • OpenBSD malloc
    • How FreeBSD finds oil
    • NetBSD's LVM
    • faster packets in OpenBSD
    • Wireless Mesh networks
    • Kirk McKusick's FreeBSD Guide
    ... and more. The full talk list and schedule:

    Discounted Early Bird registration runs until 2nd September. Book your place now at

    Final programme may be subject to alteration. EuroBSDcon is a not for profit event open to everyone so please help spread the word online and offline.

    If you're interested to read this far, you can sign up for future announcements about EuroBSDcons by sending an email to . Your address will only be used to contact you about European BSD events.

    EuroBSDcon 2009 : September 18-20th, Cambridge, England.

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    USENIX 2009 - Rump File Systems: Kernel Code Reborn

    June 30, 2009 posted by Antti Kantee

    At USENIX 2009 I talked about rump file systems. The paper (html) and slides are available. Additionally, USENIX members can view a video of the presentation.

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    EuroBSDCon 2009 - Call for Papers

    May 06, 2009 posted by Matthias Scheler

    EuroBSDCon 2009 - Call for Papers
    9th European BSD Conference
    September 18 - 20, 2009
    University of Cambridge, UK


    The European BSD Community is once again gathering for EuroBSDcon. In 2009, we invite you to join us in Cambridge, England for the latest in discussion, dissemination and development of material from the many BSDs and their related communities. This, the ninth European BSD conference is a great opportunity to present new ideas to the community and to meet some of the developers behind the different BSDs. The two day conference program (September 19 - 20) will be complemented by a tutorial day preceding the conference (Sept 18).

    Call for Papers

    The Conference is inviting authors to submit innovative and original papers not submitted to other European conferences on the applications, architecture, implementation, performance and security of BSD-derived operating systems. Investigations on economic aspects regarding the operation of BSD systems are also welcome. Topics of interest for the EuroBSD Conference 2009 include, but are not limited to:
    • application development and deployment
    • device drivers
    • security and safe coding practices
    • methods others should know about
    • system administration: techniques and tools of the trade
    • operational and economic aspects
    Prospective authors of contributions to the technical program are requested to submit an abstract via All submissions will be acknowledged. Presentations may last from 15 to 45 minutes - please indicate how long you would like. This is the initial call for papers; a more focussed call based on initial accepted submissions will follow in March 2009. We will begin accepting talks early in 2009. Authors of accepted submissions should provide a full paper for publication in the conference proceedings and give permission to the organizers to publish the results in the printed proceedings and on the conference web site at

    Call for Tutorial Proposals

    Selected tutorials on practical and problem-solving aspects of BSD-derived operating systems will be offered on the day before the Conference. The tutorials will be presented by speakers who have wide experience in developing and administering the different BSDs. Potential tutorial themes could include, but are not limited to:
    • Safe coding practices to provide secure solutions
    • System load testing and tuning
    • BSD in a large network
    • Solving sets of problems
    If you are interested in presenting a tutorial, please contact the organisers on with what you're thinking. Initial exploratory conversations are as welcome as full proposals.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    We are seeking companies or institutions to sponsor various elements of the conference in order to keep delegate fees as low as possible. Sponsorship opportunities include: paying for a speaker's travel or accommodation; providing bursaries for delegates who cannot pay the conference fee themselves; sponsoring catering, lunches, or the conference dinner. All sponsors will be listed in the conference proceedings and included on our website with a link back to your site. You will also have the opportunity to provide literature for distribution in delegate packs. Please contact the UKUUG Secretariat ( to discuss the possibilities or see

    Important Dates

    Final abstract deadline: May 31st 2009
    Final tutorial deadline: May 31st
    Final papers due: August 1st
    Tutorial day: September 18
    Conference: September 19 - 20
    For more, see



    AsiaBSDCon 2009 ended

    March 19, 2009 posted by Masao Uebayashi

    AsiaBSDCon 2009 was held during March 12-15 at Tokyo University of Science and successfully ended on March 15. Even though economy is quickly going down, we had more participants than we expected. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

    Masao Uebayashi

    On behalf of AsiaBSDCon 2009 staff



    EuroBSDCon 2009

    February 24, 2009 posted by Matthias Scheler

    Since 2001 the yearly European BSD Conference provides a great opportunity to present new ideas and meet developers of all BSD projects. This year's European BSD conference takes place in Cambridge, UK.

    If you have a paper that you would like to present at the conference or an idea for a tutorial please let the program committee know as the conference cannot succeed without your contributions.

    In addition Stephen Borrill is organising a NetBSD developer summit in Cambridge before the EuroBSDCon.