Posts Tagged ‘hackathon’

Hackathon 2011 / EuroBSDCon wrap up

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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.
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Hackathon2k9 theme preview

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Here is what I have been working on during the hackathon a few weeks ago. It’s not yet commited as I’m not quite sure if I will keep it exactly this way. Sometimes the longer you work on something the less you are sure if you still like it, especially if it’s artwork related. I would appreciate some general feedback or suggestions on this.

There is one thing to note on this theme (that’s unique to this theme currently): The header including the menu is static, so it won’t scroll with the page. This way you always have access to the menu, even if you are at the bottom of a long page. The content just scrolls behind the header (as you probably notice when having a closer look). The backgroundimage is static too. I think this adds some useability, especially for those who have a long ruleset for example.

Update: Looks like this theme is polarizing people’s opinions. Some love it, some hate it. I guess I’m a real artist now. I did some more changes to it and it will be commited the way it is now. Love it or simply don’t use it if not. Don’t expect this theme to become the default theme of any version. I’ll do something more “mass-compatible” and more “corporate looking” as a new default theme following the recommendations I gathered from the discussion of this post. This one is done.

Updated preview is here.

P.S. Yes, I love the prodigy :-P

Another successful hackathon wrapped up

Monday, March 16th, 2009

The last of the 7 developers in attendance left on Sunday, wrapping up 8 days of heavy development primarily on 2.0. If you’re curious and have a lot of time to spare, all the changes are detailed in Gitorious (10 pages worth). 2.0 is in considerably better shape than when the week began, though some work remains to be done. Details on that to come.

Thanks very much to those who contributed to fund this event!

pfSense Hackathon 2009 will be televised

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

The 2009 Hackathon will be televised!   We have 2 cameras setup currently and will be looking at adding a third.

Head on over to to check it out.  You can join the chat by using the Java viewer embedded on the page or head over to and join #pfsense-hackathon.

Folks start arriving at 7PM EDT on Saturday.

Also, we are still not close to reaching our food budget for this year.   If you can spare some extra $$ please consider donating.

Hackathon 2009 preparations under way

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

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!

Hackathon ’09 approaching

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The pfSense team will come together again this year for a week of development in the 2nd week of March in Louisville. The time will be mainly spent on working on pfSense 2.0. You should expect some huge progress on various features and the overall status of this major release. It looks like this year even more developers will make it to this convention (besides the usual suspects that have always been around).

If you want to show your support to the project now is the time to do so by sending a donation to fund the expenses of this years hackathon (mainly food and drinks or even travel expenses if enough money comes together). For details on how to donate check out this site. You can chip in via PayPal here, or for those with larger budgets, consider our commercial support services.

We also want to thank all the past donors that helped fund this event the last three years. It’s always been a great success, and we look forward to another week of significant progress for the project.

Thank you!

pfSense in 2009

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

As 2008 comes to a close, we have many plans for 2009. This post outlines some of the big things coming up in 2009.

  • CVS conversion to git – this has been partially in progress for 6 months now, and now that 1.2.1 is out, Bill Marquette is working on getting us converted. This should be done within the next week, and brings a number of development-related benefits which will be detailed later.
  • pfSense as an appliance building framework – one of the things Scott and I envisioned in founding this project is to make it into an appliance building framework, in combination with the package system. With 2.0, this has come to fruition. The firewall project will remain as it is today, but we have also set things up in a way that allows us to build appliances such as pfDNS, pfPBX, and more to come. This also makes it easier to build the rebranded versions of pfSense that several companies sell. If your company is interested in selling a rebranded version, we encourage you to check out our reseller subscription.
  • Release of pfSense: The Definitive Guide book – this has been a work in progress for more than a year, and should be in print and available for purchase in the first quarter of 2009.
  • Conferences – pfSense will be presented at multiple conferences this year. DCBSDCon in February is confirmed, and we will likely also be at BSDCan and NYCBSDCon in 2009.
  • Developer summit/hackathon – we’ll be having our fourth annual developer conference in March. This is a full week get together, with 6-8 developers expected to attend from across the US and Europe.
  • 1.2.x maintenance releases – We will put out maintenance releases with bug and security fixes as needed, probably into 2010. None will see as significant of changes as 1.2 to 1.2.1, with the switch from FreeBSD 6.2 to 7.0, to avoid the lengthy release engineering process that significant change necessitated.
  • 2.0 release – we hope to see the 2.0 final release late in 2009, or at a minimum, be at release candidate status by this time next year. There is a significant amount up in the air with this release, and a lot of work remaining to be completed, so this is a very rough estimate. After getting converted to git, we will be moving 2.0 from its current FreeBSD 7.1 base to what will become FreeBSD 8.0. We expect the 2.0 final release will be on FreeBSD 8.0, though that depends on FreeBSD’s release schedule which is entirely outside our control.

2008 was the most successful year to date for this project, and we look forward to making 2009 top that. Thanks to all of you who support the project, especially our commercial support and reseller subscribers!

Here’s to a great 2009. Happy New Year!

Hackathon wrap up

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Our third annual hackathon was a success, and a great time. We ended up focusing primarily on cleaning up the many new features that are already in our development branches, rather than adding many more new features. This leaves us in a better position to get out future releases.

Thanks again to the many of you who contributed to help cover our expenses!

More pictures to come.

Hacking at the Hackathon/Hacktoberfest

Friday, October 19th, 2007

So word spread around Scott’s neighborhood that he’s having a “hackathon”. One of his neighbors misinterpreted this and came over on Sunday griping at Scott about how we’re hacking their computer. And says “my boyfriend is turning off our wireless at night!” Heh…  Yes, their uber-secure wireless network, wide open with SSID “linksys”, and I would assume the default user/password on it. Of course we can only hack things at night, so they’re safe by unplugging it at night!  We haven’t even touched their wireless network of course, we’re all the law abiding type (and we have 4-5 of our own with MUCH better signal than one two houses down).

Then last night, this neighbor comes over again, with a spyware infested laptop, even changed the Windows background to a biohazard symbol, and accuses us of “hacking her computer”. Of course we hadn’t touched it, but to be nice Scott fixed it up. It had way more issues than spyware too, it was fully dismantled before all was said and done.

Picture of the week, courtesy of Bill Marquette. Seth is pictured, and it’s Holger’s arm in the background.

Hackathon Under Way!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

We’re nearing the end of the fourth day of the hackathon already! Things are going well. We’ve spent the vast majority of the time preparing for 1.2 release and cleaning up our buggy development branch for future releases.

A BGP package is the only almost-finished new feature that has been implemented. More info on what we’ve been doing here in the cvstrac timeline.

A big thanks to everyone who contributed to the expenses for this event!

More to come later in the week.