June 19 is FreeBSD Day!

We’re pleased to announce that June 19 has been declared FreeBSD Day. Join us in honoring The FreeBSD Project’s pioneering legacy and continuing impact on technology.

What is FreeBSD

FreeBSD is an open-source operating system developed out of the University of California at Berkley in 1993. Used by billions of people around the globe, FreeBSD is used to teach operating system concepts in universities. Companies also develop products on FreeBSD, and universities use it as a research platform.

In fact, there’s a good chance you’re already using at least some code derived from FreeBSD in your everyday life. For example, if you stream movies via Netflix, or play the latest PlayStation 5 game sensation, you’re already using FreeBSD.

As a pioneer in open-source technology, FreeBSD can be modified and redesigned to meet the needs of the user, free of charge within the guidelines of the license. 

Why June 19th

June 19, 1993 was the day the official name for FreeBSD was agreed upon. See part of the email thread here.

Help Us Celebrate

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the FreeBSD Project. If you love FreeBSD as much as we do, join us starting on June 19 and throughout the week to help us celebrate this exciting milestone of your favorite open source operating system by: 

  • Introducing someone to FreeBSD
    • Share the FreeBSD Resources Page which includes
      •  FreeBSD How-To Guides – From Installing FreeBSD on VirtualBox and binary package management to setting up our own Minecraft server, the How-To and Quick guides provide step by step instructions to get you started using FreeBSD.
      • The FreeBSD Fridays series of introductory talks.
      • Getting started tutorials from FreeBSD Community Members such as RoboNuggie and GaryHTech.
    • Review the “Newbies” page on freebsd.org
  • Learn More about the history of FreeBSD
  • Check out the FreeBSD Day Playlist of some of our favorite FreeBSD videos.
  • Send us stories of how your company uses FreeBSD to great success
  • Tell us why you love FreeBSD using #FreeBSD30 on your Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter posts
  • Check out the FreeBSD Journal and share with your friends and colleagues. The special online 30th Anniversary issue launches on the 19th.
  • Consider donating to the Foundation to help us continue our support of the Project.
  • Stay tuned throughout the week for more on how people use FreeBSD and why it’s still thriving 30 years later.

We look forward to commemorating the 30th anniversary of our favorite open source operating system on June 19 and beyond, and we hope you’ll join us!