April Meeting: 2013-04-11

Just a reminder that Thursday next week is the March meeting.

As a quick followup to last month, I managed to get the raspberry pi (RPi) to boot BSD after, so there has been success there.

I also managed to get the RPi to do the multi boot thing as well, so the next thing to try is to see if I can get it to boot FreeBSD as part of the menu system. One of the interesting things is that it can store images and boot from an external USB device, both HDD and USB stick. This allows for some extra flexibility, and maybe allow for a multi boot of BSD versions. Either way, there is a lot to things one can do with an RPi.

I saw a post from last week about using it as an agent for remote monitoring. There is a company exploring it as a product line and I see value in that. It is a very cheap to deploy network monitor for an external monitoring service. That has great potential for the SMB market, either with the offering or rolling your own. I know that xBSD is used for router implementations and secure web servers, etc. and I was wondering if there a BSD based monitoring appliance out there yet?

This could be a useful topic. I don’t see why we don’t have a BSD distribution based monitoring appliance. The tools are there and perhaps one exists and I don’t see it hiding in the plethora of Linux based offerings.

Other topics are welcome, come out and offer a topic or opinion.

For anyone new who does not know the rest of us, look for the table that either has a BSD daemon on the table of a set of BSD daemon horns. If I can find the stuffed daemon, I’ll use that. If not, there will be a small pile of DVDs and a few sets of horns on the table.

Don’t forget that BSDCan 2013 is in May at the university of Ottawa. This is the 10th BSDCan, so expect some event to commemorate it.

If you require directions, visit the website for the location if you need to find out where.

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?

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: <>