April Meeting 2012

Just a reminder that we will be having our monthly meeting on Thursday, April 12. This will be in our usual location. Check the “Meeting Information” link at the top for location details.

Reminder: BSDCan 2012 next month. You can view the BSDCan 2012 schedule. I have five confirmed volunteers for the conference setup so far and will be collecting a name or two more to make sure we have sufficient people.

There is no designated topic for this meeting, so bring yourselves, questions, and a thirst for knowledge and other liquids.

March Meeting 2012

Just a reminder that we will be having our monthly meeting on Thursday, March 8. This will be in our usual location. Check the “Meeting Information” link at the top for location details.

For those who have not noticed, the BSDCan 2012 schedule has been posted. I’ll be collecting volunteer names for the conference bag stuffing event at our meeting. I need approximately six people for this and have managed to collect three so far. It would be nice to have a few alternates just in case.

I posted to the mailing list that VoIP on BSD would be a nice topic for the meeting. I’m guessing it has been done somewhere in the past and I have a number of little appliance boxes running ucLinux that are embedded phone systems. I’d like to see if it is possible to build out one with nanoBSD and try it out. I’ll bring along one of the boxes with me, one specifically designed to be an open platform. If there is sufficient interest and discussion, I’ll post a list of references and places to obtain parts. I’m guessing it is possible, as pfsense runs on any number of embedded systems and it’s just a case of discovering the hardware, package and storage requirements and then building it and testing. It could be an interesting project and you can learn as much as you want about VoIP/SIP/IAX/etc.

 

February Meeting

Just a reminder that we will be having our monthly meeting on Thursday, February 9. This will be in our usual location. Check the Meeting Information link at the top for location details.

For those who may not have noticed, FreeBSD 9.0 is out. I should have posted that last month, but did not. For more details, visit http://www.freebsd.org/releases/9.0R/announce.html

We also have a twitter account, so I’ll be attempting to tweet on there as well. Hopefully the integration works and we have this post tweeted as well. If not, I need to spend more time looking at the plugin documentation.

January 2012 Meeting

Just a reminder that we will be having our first meeting of 2012 on Thursday, January 12. This will be in our usual location. Check the Meeting Information link at the top for location details.

No special topics, however if anyone has questions on LISA’11, I’ll be glad to answer any.

In other news, the BSDCan 2012 call for papers just came out. I’m going to assume that I’ll be coordinating volunteers again, so if you are interested, let me know. I will also be sending this to the mailing list.

BSDCan 2012 will be held 11-12 May, 2012 in Ottawa at the University of
Ottawa. It will be preceded by two days of tutorials on 9-10 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:

8 Jan 2012 Proposal acceptance begins
29 Jan 2012 Proposal acceptance ends
19 Feb 2012 Confirmation of accepted proposals

See also <http://www.bsdcan.org/2012/papers.php>

Instructions for submitting a proposal to BSDCan 2012 are available
from: <http://www.bsdcan.org/2012/submissions.php>


Dan Langille – http://langille.org

Mailing list issues appear to be fixed.

It looks like the mailing list issue that was happening after the upstream provider migrated the site to a new server has been fixed. It was quite frustrating, as the message queue was not showing anything and the messages were vanishing into a black hole somewhere. All appears to be good now, as at least one person besides me received the test post.

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