As Holger noted previously, the pfSense 2009 Hackathon is coming up in less than three weeks. This will be our fourth Hackathon, and each year is bigger than the last. We have held one major event every 12-18 months since the project’s inception in 2004. The last was in October 2007, with pictures here.
These events have been invaluable to the development of the project. It’s easier to work with people whom you have met in person, and getting together as a group to focus on development makes for significant strides in a short period of time. This year the focus is on the 2.0 release – mostly wrapping up numerous loose ends and fixing bugs, as well as general discussions and planning for the 2.0 release cycle.
Scott and I have started preparing, getting test networks and equipment in place. Holger and Seth will arrive from Germany and the Netherlands respectively in less than three weeks. Three or four other developers will join as well, for a total of 7 or 8 people.
We need your help!
The developers are taking vacation time from their day jobs to come, and we want to ensure they won’t have any out of pocket expenses for the event. In years past, we have been able to cover expenses thanks to the donations of many of you. We again need your help. You can donate here, and every little bit helps. For those with larger budgets, consider our commercial support which offers a number of benefits in addition to providing funding for the project.
A big thanks to those who have contributed already!