I will be presenting on pfSense 2.1 and IPv6 at Texas Linux Fest, August 3-4 in San Antonio. We’ll also have a table in the exhibition area where I’ll be camped out most of both days talking to users, so if you’re in the area, stop by! Our friends at Netgate are providing an ALIX we’ll be giving away. Look forward to meeting many of you there.
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Thanks to many of you who contributed to our hackathon fund. It was a great success. We had 6 developers together here in Louisville. The primary areas of focus were 2.1 development, in the following areas.
- Moving packages to PBIs – the package system in 2.1 will switch to using the PBI package system, originally from PC-BSD, though also used by some on stock FreeBSD installs. The benefit of using PBIs is each package has all its dependencies included in the package, which eliminates the dependency messes that can happen currently, such as one package requiring a certain version of a dependent package but another requiring a different version, uninstallation of one package stomping on another package by uninstalling a dependency it requires, uninstallation of a package breaking the base system by deleting things it uses (though we already work around that one automatically), easing clean uninstall of packages, amongst other benefits. This will be a great improvement in the package system for 2.1.
In a couple weeks, several of the developers will be coming together here in Louisville for another Hackathon, where we get together and work on various things related to the project for a week, as we’ve done approximately every 18 months since the project’s inception. This year we’ll have 7 developers, from 4 different continents. There isn’t a set agenda, though 2.1 release and IPv6 will be two items (of many) of focus. We like to make sure we can feed everyone, and provide coffee, beer, etc. for 7 days. Plus we’ve covered some travel expenses.
Whether you can just spare a few bucks for a fine beverage at Heine Brothers or Highland Coffee (both of which should be sponsors with the amount we spend there in a week), or enough for a few dozen pizzas, every bit helps!
After our coming session at EuroBSDCon 2011, we are planning to host a session in the US this year. It will be either one or two full days, and I’m leaning towards two but open to suggestions. It would likely be held in our home base of Louisville, KY, easily reachable by air or road.
In our past training sessions at BSDCan and EuroBSDCon, we’ve had between 15 and 70 people. This year looks like we’ll have about 40 at EuroBSDCon. We will have to charge more than the BSD conferences charge for a single tutorial, as they have sponsors who help cover the costs involved. I don’t know how much yet though. I need to get some kind of an idea of how many would attend, so I know what kind of venue. We won’t be selling out the Yum Center with 22,000 seats, but I’m not sure if we need space for 10 or 50. I would limit it to some reasonably low number, like 75 at most and maybe less. If this is something you would definitely travel to attend (depending on dates, cost), let me know in the comments or email.
Some people just can’t afford to travel, so we’ll also do what we can to provide live streaming, or at a minimum it will definitely be recorded for later purchase. Streaming capabilities may be dependent on the facility. We do have multiple 4G cards with pretty impressive performance, so that should suffice if nothing else. I expect we will find a way to offer this via live streaming on the Internet available for purchase. Those people will not be able to interact like those in person, simply watch and listen, and we’d probably bring up a special IRC channel for it.
To get an email when these things get finalized, make sure you’re on our announcements mailing list.
Ermal Luci and I will be presenting a full day training tutorial at EuroBSDCon 2011, in Maarssen, The Netherlands on October 6, 2011.
This tutorial will be a training-focused session, covering many of the changes in the 2.0 release, both from the perspective of a new user and providing information on changes for existing users of the project. Common usage scenarios, deployment considerations, step by step configuration guidance, and best practices will be covered for many features. Many configurations will be demonstrated in a live lab environment. We will also cover the new functionality in pfSense 2.1, which is already being used in production for its IPv6 capabilities.
Registration is now open. We look forward to meeting many of you there!
Most features of the base system will be covered in good technical detail. It will not be simply an overview of features, we’ll do live demos to configure various scenarios, and get into configuration detail for many items.
Future US Date
We’re also in the planning stages for hosting a training session in the US later this year. It will probably be in Louisville, KY and last one or two full days. Sign up to our announcements list to be notified when it’s scheduled.
Reminder that NYCBSDCon early registration is ending soon. I’ll be there presenting on pfSense. Hope to see some of you there. These conferences are always a great opportunity to talk with users, and for anyone with deployment or business plans in mind, we frequently meet up during the social events or elsewhere outside the event to talk.
A reminder that we’ll be presenting a half day pfSense 2.0 training tutorial at EuroBSDCon 2010, coming up in just over two weeks. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the projects, and meet at least two of our main developers in person, as well as have discussions with us outside of the normal conference schedule. Look forward to seeing many of you there.
The schedule has been posted for NYCBSDCon 2010, to be held at Manhattan’s prestigious Cooper Union on November 12-14, 2010. I will be there presenting a talk on pfSense, covering what we’ve been doing lately and where we’re going in the near future. The schedule looks great, hope to see many of you there!
EuroBSDCon 2010 will be held October 8-10, 2010 in Karlsruhe, Germany. I will be in attendance presenting a training-focused tutorial on pfSense 2.0. I’m also looking forward to numerous other great looking presentations.
The BSD conferences offer a great opportunity to learn and network with numerous people working on the BSD operating systems and derived projects, and are always a lot of fun too. I’m looking forward to another great conference, and hope to see many of you there.
Early registration is open through the end of this month.
We will be having a half day training session on pfSense 2.0 at BSDCan 2010. It will cover as many of the changes in the 2.0 release as time permits. The schedule is not available yet, however registration is open. The full schedule will be available soon.
BSDCan is always a great conference, and we look forward to meeting many of you there.
For those who can’t make it, we will be doing the same training session online sometime after BSDCan.