Beginning on July 17, we hope you’ll join us for an expanded #FreeBSDFridays series of 101 classes. We’re building on our FreeBSD Day content to offer 1 hour live sessions every Friday, designed to get you started with FreeBSD. The sessions will take place at 10am PDT at

Videos of the sessions can be found on the FreeBSD Project YouTube Channel.


July 17: Introduction to FreeBSD – Deb Goodkin

Foundation Executive Director will walk you through the history of FreeBSD, how the FreeBSD Project works and how to get started as contributor.

July 24: FreeBSD InstallFest Part 1 – Roller Angel

In part one of the FreeBSD InstallFest, Roller Angel will take you through the process of downloading, installing and configuring your FreeBSD instance on a virtual machine.

July 31: FreeBSD InstallFest Part 2 – Roller Angel

In part two of the FreeBSD InstallFest, Roller Angel will take you through the process of setting up the desktop and connecting to the internet with a web browser.

August 7: History of BSD Fast Filesystem – Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick

This week’s FreeBSD Friday will be a little different. We’re working in collaboration with the USENIX Association and Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick to bring you the History of the BSD Fast Filesystem. Kirk will begin the session with a brief introduction, followed by the USENIX FAST ’15 keynote: “A Brief History of the BSD Filesystem. Following the presentation, Kirk will be back for a live Q&A.

August 14: Intro to ZFS – Dan Langille

Join Dan Langille as he takes you through the basics of ZFS including: 

  • A short history of the origins
  • An overview of how ZFS works
  • Replacing a failed drive
  • Why you don’t want a RAID card
  • Scalability
  • Data integrity (detection of file corruption)
  • Why you’ll love snapshots
  • Sending of filesystems to remote servers
  • Creating a mirror
  • How to create a ZFS array with multiple drives which can lose up to 3 drives without loss of data.
  • Mounting datasets anywhere in other datasets
  • Using zfs to save your current install before upgrading it
  • Simple recommendations for ZFS arrays
  • Why single drive ZFS is better than no ZFS
  • No, you don’t need ECC
  • Quotas
  • Monitoring ZFS