Posts Tagged ‘BSDCan’

Upcoming Conferences

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

We’ll be at three upcoming conferences in the next few weeks.

BSDCan – May 15-19, Ottawa, Canada. We won’t be doing a formal presentation here this year, but several of us will be in attendance. Get in touch if you’d like to meet up.

Texas Linux Fest – May 31-June 1, Austin, Texas. We’ll have a table here in the exhibition space, please stop by if you’ll be in attendance. We’re headquartered in Austin and are always glad to meet with folks here when schedules permit.

SouthEast Linux Fest – June 7-9, Charlotte NC. I’ll be presenting a talk on all the latest with the project, and we’ll also have a table in the exhibition space.

We look forward to meeting many of you over the next few weeks!


pfSense 2.0 training at BSDCan 2010

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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.

Just 5 weeks until BSDCan

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Make your plans now to attend BSDCan 2009. The schedule is available, including a session on pfSense (more info here). Register now.

pfSense at BSDCan 2009

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The schedule has been announced for the BSDCan 2009 conference, May 8-9, 2009 in Ottawa Canada. For the fourth straight year, it includes a brand new session on pfSense presented by Scott Ullrich and me – pfSense: 2.0 and beyond.

This session will start with an introduction to the project and its common uses, which have expanded considerably beyond firewalling. We will cover much of the new functionality coming in the 2.0 release, which contains significant enhancements to nearly every portion of the system as well as numerous new features.

While the primary function of the project is a firewalling and routing platform, with changes coming in pfSense 2.0, it has also become an appliance building framework enabling the creation of customized special purpose appliances. The m0n0wall code where pfSense originated has proved popular for this purpose, with AskoziaPBX and FreeNAS also based upon it, in addition to a number of commercial solutions. The goal of this appliance building framework is to enable creation of projects such as these without having to fork and maintain another code base. The existing appliances, including a DNS server using TinyDNS, VoIP with FreeSWITCH, and others will be discussed. For those interested in creating appliances, an overview of the process will be provided along with references for additional information.

I’m not yet sure what the release status of 2.0 will be at that time (alpha/beta), but it will be the primary topic.

BSDCan is always a great conference at a very reasonable cost, I highly recommend it. The social events provide a number of opportunities for you to discuss the project with us – your likes, dislikes, experiences, etc. and we welcome that.

We look forward to meeting some of you there!

Slides from pfSense Tutorial at BSDCan Now Available

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

A link to the slides has been added to the tutorial page on the BSDCan site. The slides alone probably aren’t of a huge amount of value for those who didn’t attend since they’re just an overview of the presentation, but you might want to check them out even if you didn’t attend.

BSDCan wrap up

Monday, May 19th, 2008

We made it back safely from BSDCan yesterday. It was a great time, as always, with some great presentations. The slides from our tutorial will be available sometime this week after I catch up on some other things and have a chance to upload them. Thanks to those of you who attended, it was great to meet many pfSense users.

The pfSense developer summit went well also, many thanks to those who made contributions! We resolved a number of open tickets and made progress on several others. Still some more work to do before 1.2.1 is ready, but we got about half of it knocked out this week. More here on that later.

I would also like to thank several FreeBSD developers we had discussions with during the week. Historically we have only gotten attention from a very few FreeBSD developers (though their involvement is very much appreciated), and the tough problems we run into commonly do not get responses from developers with the ability to resolve those issues. Every year we get more attention from FreeBSD developers, and more are interested in ways we can work together more. We hope to be able to work together better in the future, to improve both pfSense and FreeBSD.

Update from BSDCan: attendees please read!

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Hello from Ottawa! Our presentation Wednesday morning went well (we think), though we had far more material than we could cover in the 3 hours allotted. Unfortunately we had to skip the majority of the live demos we had planned. If you were in attendance and have any further questions, please find us here.

We’ll put our slides up within the next week.

Scott, Bill and I will be hanging out in the 13th floor conference room of the residence at UOttawa, for those who are here. You’re welcome to join us. In the evenings, we’ll be at Royal Oak or here on the 13th floor.

If you happen to see any of us at the conference later, please feel free to come up and talk to us. In between sessions Friday and Saturday and tutorials on Thursday I’ll be outside smoking (and walking around aimlessly generally), please feel free to come up and talk to me.

pfSense Developer Summit at BSDCan 2008 – Seeking Donations

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

We will be having a developer summit at BSDCan this year, as the first three contributors to the project – Scott Ullrich, Bill Marquette and yours truly – will all be in attendance. The three of us combined have more than 10 years of dedication to this project.

Plans for the Week

We plan to work on the open tickets on 1.2 so we can get 1.2.1-RC1 out. Several tickets have collected that we either know are problems and need to fix, or are potential problems we need to investigate. Once we get all those resolved, we’ll release 1.2.1-RC1 (which will only be bug fixes since 1.2 and be based on FreeBSD 6.3).

Bill is going to work on getting us converted from CVS to git for revision control, and bring online a significantly improved bug tracking and development tracking system. More on that in another post later.

We will also work on some 1.3 development while there. Likely candidates include OpenVPN, 3G wireless and PPP support, and any number of other things.

Seeking Donations

May 19, 2008 edit: Many thanks to those who contributed. We collected enough to meet our initial goal, and still have enough left over for pizza the next couple times Scott and I get together to work on pfSense. If you would still like to contribute to support our development efforts feel free to do so, the money is used to cover food and beverage expenses when developers gather to work on the pfSense project. Contents of the initial post follow.

We’re looking for contributions to cover our food and beverage expenses during this event. The community gets a lot of great work on pfSense, and we get fed. Similar developer get togethers have proven very fruitful over the past 3 years we have been holding them, and we look for this to be another successful week. Your support is much appreciated!

Registration now open for BSDCan and pfSense Tutorial!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

BSDCan 2008 registration is now open, including registration for the pfSense Tutorial on May 14, 2008 at 9:30 AM local time in Ottawa (same as Eastern US).

In addition to our 4 hour pfSense training session, there are many more compelling tutorials and sessions.

This looks to be another great year for BSDCan, make your plans now!  Travel information can be found on the BSDCan site.

Those of you who register for the pfSense tutorial, please email us to let us know you have registered. We’d like to know those who will be attending ahead of time, and we won’t find out until that day otherwise. Also include anything specific that is a priority for you to get out of the session. We will try to accommodate any specific requests from attendees.

The night after the tutorial we’ll be at one of the local bars within walking distance from the residence where we’ll be staying, and we invite everyone to join us. We’ve had some great discussions with pfSense users in past years that has helped shape the project.

A note for US citizens looking to attend
You will need a Passport to make the trip, however don’t let that hold you back. It’s a painless process. You can get the picture taken at Walmart for like $8, and find the rest of the information you need on the US State Department Passport site. Customs has never been a problem.

For those of you not in the US, unfortunately I’m not familiar with your requirements for travel. The travel page on the BSDCan site has information that may be helpful.

We look forward to seeing you at BSDCan!