March 8, 2023




March 2023 Update

Message from the Marketing Director

Welcome to the March 2023 FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter. You may wonder why I’m writing the intro instead of our fearless leader, Deb Goodkin. We’re trying something a little different with the newsletter. Every quarter, each month’s issue will focus on a different area of the Foundation (Advocacy, Software Development, Fundraising/Education/Operations). The focus areas will then repeat the following quarter. Hopefully this will give you a more in-depth look at what we are doing to support the FreeBSD Project.  

We’re kicking this off with an issue dedicated to advocacy. I’m excited to share that we are back to frequently attending in-person events. Check out the conference reports from FOSDEM and State of Open, plus more information on BSDCan Travel Grant applications, FreeBSD at SCALE 20x, Google Summer of Code, and more! Don’t forget, if you are representing FreeBSD at an event, please let us know! We can help with things like promotion and stickers.

Finally, keep an eye out for more information about The FreeBSD Project’s 30th anniversary. We’ll be celebrating at the May 2023 FreeBSD Developer Summit and throughout the year!  

Hope you enjoy the latest newsletter and thank you for all you do to support FreeBSD. 

Happy Reading! 

Foundation Highlights

FOSDEM 2023 Conference Report


A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to join members of the Open Source community in Brussels for the return of FOSDEM. It was my first time in Brussels and I was excited to meet the broad open-source community in Belgium. For the FreeBSD Foundation, it was a great opportunity to continue to advocate for FreeBSD, and to meet FreeBSD users and developers in-person.

Read More 

Advocating for FreeBSD Around the World

Yet another year is coming to an end and we’re taking a look back at how we advocated for FreeBSD over the past year. 2022 started with a bit of uncertainty,  but thankfully has ended with a bit of a return to “normal” whatever that means.  Through it all, the Foundation staff continued to work together to expand the ways to spread the word about FreeBSD. Take a look at what we’ve been doing for the past year.

Read More 

FreeBSD at SCALE 20x

The Foundation is looking forward to heading to SCALE 20x in Pasadena, CA, this weekend. The Event takes place March 9-12, 2023. On Thursday, March 9, Roller Angel and Drew Gurkowski will be running a full day workshop that will teach you how to install FreeBSD and the ports and packages necessary to get you up and running.  

Read More 

June 2023 FreeBSD Developer Summit Planning Underway

Planning has begun for the May 2023 FreeBSD Developer Summit. The event takes place May 17-18, 2023 in Ottawa, Ontario and is co-located with BSDCan. Each day will consist of presentations in the morning and working group sessions in the afternoon. The Call for Working Group proposals is now open. Proposals are due Mar 15, 2023. Registration information and the full schedule will be available in the coming weeks.  

BSDCan 2023 Travel Grant Application Now Open

The Travel Grant Application for BSDCan 2023 is now open. The Foundation can help you attend BSDCan through our travel grant program. Travel grants are available to FreeBSD developers and advocates who need assistance with travel expenses for attending conferences related to FreeBSD development. BSDCan 2023 applications are due April 5, 2023Find out more and apply today.

Read More 

VMBlog State of Open Con Q&A with Deb Goodkin

Just before we attended State of Open Con, Foundation Executive Director, Deb Goodkin, chatted with VMBlog about FreeBSD, the Foundation, and what we planned for the conference. 

Read More 

Work with FreeBSD in Google Summer of Code 2023

The FreeBSD Project is excited to announce that we will again be serving as a mentoring organization in this year’s Google Summer of Code. If you’ve ever wanted to work with FreeBSD, take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

What is Google Summer of Code
Not just for students any more, Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a unique program where new contributors to open source, ages 18 and over, are paired with a mentor to introduce them to the open source community and provide guidance while they work on a real world open source project over the summer. an internship, yet provides an invaluable experience and allows you to be part of an amazing community! 

Want to Learn More? 
Start by checking out the FreeBSD Summer Projects page and FreeBSD GSoC project ideas list. If you have questions, please reach out to the FreeBSD GSoC Admins and join us for the FreeBSD Google Summer of Code Office Hours on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 10:00am PDT/18:00 UTC

Applications are open March 20-April 4, 2023.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn more about programming in a welcoming community.

Read More 

More at FreeBSD

Upcoming Events

March 9-12, 2023
Pasadena, CA

Open Source 101
March 23, 2023
Charlotte, NC

AsiaBSDCon 2023
March 30-April 2, 2023
Tokyo, Japan

May 2023 FreeBSD Developer Summit
(Co-located with BSDCan)
May 17-18, 2023
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

BSDCan 2023
May 17-20, 2023
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

All Events 

FreeBSD Journal


The January 2023 issue of the FreeBSD Journal is here! Always free, the issue focuses on Building a FreeBSD Web Server.
Read the Journal 


Why Choose FreeBSD

Stormshield leverages off FreeBSD to deliver high performance UTM (Unified Threat Management) and Next-Generation Firewall technology since 1998. We continuously show our support for FreeBSD via technical contributions and sponsorship; as a company we are  totally committed to the on-going success of this great community.

– Fabien Thomas, Chief Innovation Officer, Stormshield


Copyright © 2023 FreeBSD Foundation, All rights reserved.
Email: info@freebsdfoundation.or