December 17, 2012

Faces of FreeBSD

Are you aware of the tangible benefits derived from our support of the FreeBSD community? In conjunction with our year-end fundraising drive we are spotlighting different people on our website and Facebook page who have received funding to work on development projects, run conferences, travel to conferences, and advocate for FreeBSD.

Please enjoy our next installment of our Faces of FreeBSD series!

Here is Dan Langille’s story. We helped him by sponsoring BSDCan since 2006.

Dan's Story
Dan’s Story

I am a software developer currently residing in Philadelphia, PA with a focus in sysadmin and database areas. I have been working in the computer industry for over 30 years. There have been many changes in that time and I have always enjoyed the challenges the work has brought me—from working with 4K of RAM to systems with 11TB in a tower case.

I found open source in 1998 when I was given some FreeBSD CDs. From there, I started The FreeBSD Diary, created FreshPorts, founded the BSDCan and PGCon conferences, and worked on several other projects. The communities that develop around software projects are fantastic and supportive.

The FreeBSD Foundation has helped me grow BSDCan over the years to where it is today. We started small and grew quickly, thanks to word-of-mouth and publicity from followers. We are about to celebrate our 10th year and could not have done it without the help of our sponsors like The FreeBSD Foundation. Their continued support has allowed us to bring in speakers who could not otherwise appear at our conferences. The ability to bring people together to collaborate in person and build working relationships is both rewarding and fun.

Dan Langille

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