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Verisign Announces vBSDcon 2015

May 1, 2015 1 comment

Verisign has recently announced the dates for a second vBSDcon to occur September 11 – 13, 2015 in Reston, VA. vBSDcon is technical, BSD-based conference for users, developers, engineers, and innovators working with BSD-based operating systems such as FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and more…

The program is being expanded in 2015 to colocate a FreeBSD Developer’s Summit the day preceding main conference activities. Additionally, space will be allotted for use of Hacker Lounges and Doc Sprints. These self-moderated sessions are open time during the off hours of the conference for use by members of all the BSD communities to collaborate and work on varying projects.

The inaugural vBSDcon was a resounding success and included speakers from the FreeBSD and OpenBSD communities.  It also featured prestigious sponsors including The FreeBSD Foundation, who is returning as a Developer Summit sponsor in 2015, RootBSD, Daemon Security, iXsystems, HP, Juniper, and CDW.

BSDCan 2014 Travel Woes

May 16, 2014 3 comments
I wasn’t going to post anything about my travel woes to Ottawa, ON for BSDCan 2014, but upon receiving the revised itinerary after the 3rd flight cancellation, I decided it was too humorous to pass up…

Originally scheduled to fly out on Wednesday via United, I arrived at the airport, parked my vehicle, removed my bags, and proceeded to walk to the main terminal.  My phone vibrated while walking to United’s check-in counters…I just received a flight cancellation notice citing “severe weather conditions in our route network” despite there being little weather in the areas of Dulles and Ottawa that day.  A United representative rescheduled the flight the following morning which was subsequently cancelled for the same reason…still no real weather to be seen, but there was certainly weather on the way for Thursday evening into Friday.

I contacted the travel agent following the 2nd cancellation and discussed two options;  A connecting flight with a 4 hour layover that day which ended up being cancelled or a non-stop flight Friday morning.  Seeing as how the total time on the former flight would have been 8 – 10 hours, I opted for the latter, shorter, 1.5 hour flight Friday morning, just in time to attend most of BSDCan’s main conference activities.

I awoke Friday morning to a deluge of rain thinking the flight would certainly be cancelled, but the flight status, according to United, was “on schedule”.  I got up and continued my daily morning routine intending to make the drive to the airport while checking the phone periodically for flight status updates.  The phone vibrated as I was preparing to leave home with an email update that the flight was cancelled.  It was the cancellation I had been expecting so, instead of driving to the airport, I continued into the office.

Shortly after arriving at the office, I received an email from United with the revised itinerary:

The irony in the revised itinerary is two-fold in that I depart Dulles to Ottawa on the same plane I was originally scheduled to return to Dulles from Ottawa on and that United thinks it’s ok for me to fly from Dulles to Ottawa, stay on the plane, and fly back to Dulles approximately 30 minutes later.

Categories: Conferences & Summits

vBSDcon Wrap-Ups

November 20, 2013 1 comment

vBSDcon Wrap-Ups!

Verisign’s first-ever vBSDcon was a very successful event which was held October 25 – 27, 2013 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, VA.  Speakers and attendees from all over the US and Europe convened at vBSDcon for exclusive networking opportunities, plenary talks, birds of a feathers, and speed geeking.

In the weeks following the conference, several organizations posted follow-ups of the event.  We’d like to encourage you to take a few minutes to read through them at the links below.

  • iXsystems, a vBSDcon Gold sponsor, posted this write-up
  • RootBSD, the vBSDcon Tote sponsor, posted this write-up
  • BSDNow, a weekly BSD news podcast, has a podcast review of vBSDcon here
  • published a small article based on Henning Brauer and Reyk Floeter’s experiences here.
  • Check out the million+ impression tweets here
  • John-Mark Gurney provided a trip report here
  • Verisign’s own wrap-up, by CTO Burt Kaliski, is here

OpenBSD at vBSDcon October 25 – 27, 2013 in Virginia

October 8, 2013 Leave a comment

OpenBSD at vBSDcon October 25 – 27, 2013 in Virginia

For only USD$75 you can register for vBSDcon hosted by Verisign on October 25 – 27, 2013 in Herndon, VA. That is less than 3 weeks away! If you have not registered yet, it is definitely recommended as vBSDcon will feature a series of roundtable discussions, educational sessions, best practice conversations, and exclusive networking opportunities. Registrations for vBSDcon will be open until October 23, 2013 at

vBSDcon will feature developers, Henning Brauer and Reyk Floeter, from the OpenBSD project. Henning and Reyk will be tag teaming a presentation on packet inspection with pf in OpenBSD. pf was introduced in 2001 as an alternative to ipf. Over the years, pf has become a mature, secure, and powerful, yet easy to use high performance packet filter. In this presentation, Henning Brauer will describe some of the features of pf and Reyk Floeter will describe utilizing relayd in conjunction with pf. You can expect to hear about using hooks for transparent proxies, deep packet inspection, socket splicing, NATs, load balancing and more.

Read more about our speakers and their topics, the conference agenda, other activities, and registrations at This is an event you will not want to miss. Register now before it’s too late!

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vBSDcon Registrations Only Open For 30 More Days!

September 23, 2013 2 comments

vBSDcon Registrations Only Open For 30 More Days!

There are only 30 more days left to register for Verisign’s vBSDcon.  Online registrations will become unavailable October 23, 2013.  For those planning to attend, we encourage you to register soon at  You will not want to miss this event.  There will presentations by several well seasoned technologists such as Baptiste Darroussin on the subject of “PkgNG“, a new packaging system for FreeBSD based system such as FreeBSD, PC-BSD, and Dragonfly BSD.

Baptiste has a background in UNIX Systems Engineering and is involved in multiple facets of the FreeBSD project including being a Ports committer for 3 years and a src committer for 2 years. His involvement also includes being a member of the Port management team. PkgNG, a new package management framework for FreeBSD, is one of Baptiste’s primary roles where he is a lead developer.

In addition to plenary speakers, vBSDcon will also feature after conference hours Hacker Lounges and Doc Sprints.  These sessions will be available for the entire BSD communities to include NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and other BSD based distributions to have a collaborative space to work and communicate with one another.  Complimentary wireless internet access will also be available.

We look forward to seeing you all there for this opportunity to come together as a community.  Remember, online registrations will close on October 23, 2013.  Register for vBSDcon at

vBSDcon Registrations Remain Open, Join Us In Celebrating 20 Years of FreeBSD!

September 19, 2013 Leave a comment

vBSDcon Registrations Still Open!

As many of you are aware, the social aspect of BSD-related conferences is very important and offers opportunities to meet and socialize with one another. Maintaining that tradition, Verisign’s vBSDcon will feature a mid-conference social, brought to you exclusively by Juniper, and will be celebrating 20 years of FreeBSD. We encourage all attendees to join Verisign and Juniper to celebrate this milestone for the FreeBSD project.

Conference activities start on October 25, 2013 at 6:00PM Eastern with a reception dinner hosted by Verisign at the Dulles Hyatt. General conference activities start the following morning with a presentation by David Chisnall, FreeBSD Core Team member, on the migration from GCC to LLVM/Clang within FreeBSD. David Chisnall is a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, where he works on the interface between languages, operating systems, and hardware. He is also a member of the FreeBSD Core Team and an LLVM/Clang committer. He is the author of several books, including the Definitive Guide to the Xen Hypervisor. He created the current GNUstep implementation of Objective-C and has maintained it for some years, and is now mostly responsible for the C++ stack in FreeBSD, having implemented the ABI library and ported the STL implementation.

We are in high gear planning for vBSDcon 2013 hosted by Verisign at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, VA and we are drawing closer by the week with 5 weeks left to register. Registrations are being accepted on the conference web site at through October 23, 2013 after which registrations will be taken in person at the event.

Reminder: vBSDcon Registrations Are Open!

September 9, 2013 1 comment

vBSDcon Registrations Still Open!

With approximately six (6) weeks until the event, Registrations for vBSDcon 2013 remain open until October 23rd, 2013.  Register now for this BSD conference scheduled to take place at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, VA from October 25 – 27, 2013.

Users and developers from across the BSD communities are encouraged to attend the event intended bring together members of the BSD community for a series of roundtable discussions, educational sessions, best practice conversations, and exclusive networking opportunities.  Those interested in such an opportunity to learn, experience, and meet others involved in the BSD communities should plan to attend vBSDcon 2013.

vBSDcon is proud to bring such prolific speakers like:

vBSDcon is being hosted at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, VA making it extremely convenient for attendees who book their room at the venue.  The venue is also just minutes from Dulles International Airport with regular shuttles to/from the hotel and airport terminal during the day.  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided on-site by the hotel’s on premise restaurant.

The schedule includes a reception dinner at the Dulles Hyatt on the evening of October 25th provided by Verisign and a mid-conference social the following evening celebrating 20 years of FreeBSD.  Space for off hours hacker lounges and doc sprints will be available in the conference facilities with complimentary wireless internet access.  The BSD Certification Group will also be hosting a BSDA certification exam on Saturday evening following the completion of conference activities for the day.

All are invited to take part in this event and are encouraged to register at the vBSDcon web site at  Simply click the “Register now” button to begin your registration!  We look forward to meeting you all there!