[talk] NYC*BUG Upcoming: July 6 meeting, HOPE, installfest

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Tue Jun 28 22:49:18 EDT 2016

Several important events are on for July and August.

July 6 on RetroBSD and LiteBSD

July 22-24 HOPE which will feature a table from the FreeBSD Foundation
(and we need volunteers to help staff the table)

August 3 a post-HOPE installfest

July 6: Meet the Smallest BSDs: RetroBSD and LiteBSD, Brian Callahan
18:45, Stone Creek Bar & Lounge: 140 E 27th St

(note Brian's talk@ post about ordering hardware)


We all expect *BSD to run on our personal computers and servers. What
you may not know is that the last five years have seen a successful
experiment to bring *BSD to the PIC32 microcontrollers. There are now
two different full *BSD operating systems for these microcontrollers:
RetroBSD, a port of 2.11BSD, and LiteBSD, based on 4.4BSD-Lite2.

This talk introduces the two smallest BSDs, the differences between
them, what hardware you need (with hands-on demos), and how to get
involved. We'll overview what works, what doesn't, the challenges of
writing a complete operating system with extremely small RAM limits in
the modern era, and how to incorporate *BSD on the microcontroller into
your *BSD universe.

Speaker Bio

Brian is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Science and Technology
Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research explores how
underserved groups vie for legitimacy and normalcy in the IT sector
through diversity and other initiatives. He is an ex-OpenBSD developer
who used to do a lot of work on ports but now advocates for a
BSD-agnostic approach. Somehow, George keeps convincing him that giving
talks at NYCBUG is a good idea.


HOPE (www.hope.net) will feature a table sponsored by the FreeBSD
Foundation. We are looking for volunteers to assist in staffing the
table. It's a great opportunity to engage HOPE attendees about FreeBSD
and the other BSDs.

NYC*BUG will have a flier publicizing the installfest set for August 3.
Our last installfest was a success in that a number of people did short
overviews of their installs to more unusual hardware.

Every HOPE attendee should see the fliers. It's a great opportunity to
talk to those beyond the usual suspects, but the table won't happen
without enough volunteers.

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