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March Meeting: 2013-03-14

Meeting this Thursday: Cafe Colonnade @ 18:00

For directions, see the Meeting Information at the top of the page.

As this is (American dating system) Pi Day, come out and have a slice of Pizza Pi and some social interaction. One item up for discussion is Raspberry Pi and FreeBSD on the device. I’ll have a few spare DVDs for PC-BSD and FreeNAS of anyone is interested.


February 2013 Meeting

Thursday the 14th of February is our regularly scheduled meeting. Nothing special planned, however I have seen tweets from Diane indicating success at installing FreeBSD on a RaspberryPi unit. I have not tried yet, but hope to sometime over the next few weeks. Hopefully Diane will show up and talk about it.


  • BSDCan 2013 will be held 17-18 May
  • It will be preceeded by two days of tutorials on 15-16 of May

At the User Group Connect event last weekend, one of the attendees was trying to get FreeBSD installed on an ultrabook that has an EFI BIOS. According to what I could dig up, this should be possible, however I don’t have a spare machine with an EFI BIOS to test it on. Perhaps someone has such information and would be willing to share?

User Group Connect 2013 – Feb 09 at Shopify

For those who haven’t heard me talking about it, we are having an “unconference” at Shopify’s headquarters on February 9th. It is an open event any anybody is welcome to come out and see what user groups we have in the region. You can visit the site at


UGC2013_triangle_whitebgUGC 2013:

  • Drop in to our free relaxed one day unconference.
  • Meet some of the many technical User Groups in Ottawa.
  • Chat with fellow high tech workers, and students.
  • Meet with some of the most tech-friendly local companies.


Why would we do this?

Not everyone knows about all the user groups – the user groups are doing very interesting stuff and sometimes complementary things that would benefit from knowledge of the topics in other user groups. We want to get these doers in the same room together where they can collaborate with and learn from each other.

Why should you go?

  • Meet new people
  • Learn about technical groups
  • Meet people you haven’t seen in a while
    • Invite your ex-co-workers from some ex-employer to meet there, and go for lunch after
  • See new technology (or new-to-you technology)
  • Try out some new technology
  • Play some bzflag

Why should you join a user group?

  • Advance your career
    • Learn new technologies
    • Meet people from other companies that need people to do the same thing you do now
    • Meet people from other companies that need your skills to different things that you aren’t doing now
    • Bullets on the HR checklist – “learns stuff”, “learns from others”
  • Present topics
    • even short ones count
    • practice brings comfort
    • gives you amazing name recognition in the community and makes you an expert


February 9, 2013

General Public: 10:00 – 16:00


Shopify is in the Market area, right downtown, at 126 York Street, half a block east of Dalhousie and the Byward Market, not far from the Rideau Centre Transit Station. Google Map

The entrance for our meetings is at the back of the building, next to the ‘pay’ parking lot. Look for the glass doors with the unicorns on them.

January Meeting: 2013-01-10

Just a reminder that Thursday the 10th of January is our regularly scheduled meeting. No topics are scheduled, however I am thinking about installing FreeBSD on a RaspberryPi unit. I have not tried it out yet, but I have seen some activity on the forums discussing this topic. I don’t think it is ready for prime time yet but it is supposed to be functional.


  • BSDCan 2013 will be held 17-18 May
  • It will be preceded by two days of tutorials on 15-16 May.
  • 19 Jan 2013 Proposal acceptance ends if you wish to propose a talk

December Meeting: 2012-12-13

Just a reminder that Thursday the 13th of December is our regularly scheduled meeting. I’ll be at the LISA conference in California, so I won’t be able to make it. No topics are scheduled, so feel to meet or not as you wish. The pizza is still good, as well as the various beverages.

On a side note, the call for papers for BSDCan is out:

BSDCan 2013 will be held 17-18 May, 2013 in Ottawa at the University of
Ottawa. It will be preceded by two days of tutorials on 15-16 May.

NOTE: This will be Fri/Sat with tutorials on Wed/Thu.

We are now accepting proposals for talks.

The talks should be designed with a very strong technical content bias.
Proposals of a business development or marketing nature are not
appropriate for this venue.

If you are doing something interesting with a BSD operating system,
please submit a proposal. Whether you are developing a very complex
system using BSD as the foundation, or helping others and have a story
to tell about how BSD played a role, we want to hear about your
experience.  People using BSD as a platform for research are also
encouraged to submit a proposal. Possible topics include:

* How we manage a giant installation with respect to handling spam.
* and/or sysadmin.
* and/or networking.

From the BSDCan website, the Archives section will allow you to review
the wide variety of past BSDCan presentations as further examples.

Both users and developers are encouraged to share their experiences.

The schedule is:

1 Dec 2012 Proposal acceptance begins
19 Jan 2013 Proposal acceptance ends
19 Feb 2013 Confirmation of accepted proposals

See also <>

Instructions for submitting a proposal to BSDCan 2013 are available
from: <>

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