I’m blogging today roughly from where that picture was taken. I’m at BSDCan just waiting for a talk to be given by Eric Allman on Sendmail. For those in my readership that don’t know, he wrote sendmail. That speaks to the quality of this otherwise small conference. The next talk in this room will feature one of the “Fathers” of BSD — Kirk McKusick — discussing some of the new internals of FreeBSD.
Overall, the conference has packed two days full of new research and new projects regarding FreeBSD and both the list of speakers and the list of attendees read as a who’s who of BSD licensed open source development. It’s held each spring at the University of Ottawa which keeps costs down for both the conference registration and the accommodation (in nearby dorm rooms). I’ve often speculated that BSD inclined people are also somewhat frugal (not a bad thing).
Since I use FreeBSD to run my business and many of my family members use FreeBSD on the desktop, the conference is an obvious choice for me, but I can also highly recommend this conference to anyone looking for a technical programming conference. FreeBSD people are quite friendly, really.