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[20120208] FOSDEM talks/slides: pkgsrc on MirBSD, pkgin (Updated)
Last weekend the Free and Open Software Developer Meeting (FOSDEM) happened. As in previous years, there was a booth manned by people from various BSD-projects, and there were also two(?) talks related to NetBSD and its related project pkgsrc:
  • NetBSD and MirBSD developer Benny Siegert gave a talk titled "pkgsrc on MirBSD" - see his slides! pkgsrc is a framework for packaging and building 3rd party applications from source. Besides MirBSD, it runs on many other platforms like Linux and Mac OS X.
  • While building from source is fine, it costs a lot of time. pkgsrc can also create binary packages, and to manage those, there is "pkgin", a binary package manager. Its developer, Emile 'iMil' Heitor introduced it in a talk - see the slides (PDF)!
Update: Thomas 'wiz' Klausner pointed out that there was actually a whole "BSD Devroom", and there were many BSD-talks there, including:
  • MINIX3 and BSD, by Arun Thomas
  • The Lua Scripting Language in the NetBSD Kernel, by Marc Balmer
  • Touch your NetBSD - towards tablet integration, by Pierre Pronchery
  • pkgsrc on MirBSD, by Benny Siegert (slides)
  • Introduction to pkgsrc, and to package creation in NetBSD, by Noud de Brouwer
  • pkgin, a binary package manager for pkgsrc, also by Emile Heitor (slides)
  • Automated package building, by Nicolas Thauvin
Besides other talks that were less focused on NetBSD/pkgsrc, this event shows that there's a pretty active group of BSD advocates in Europe that manage to advocate "BSD" in its entirety pretty well. Well done, guys!

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[20060227] NetBSD at FOSDEM - a review
Geert Hendrickx and Peter Postma manned the NetBSD part of the joint BSD booth at FOSDEM the past weekend in Brussels, Belgium. See their review of the event on the netbsd-advocacy mailing list. (Be sure to join the list so you can participate in the future! :)

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[20060221] NetBSD @ FOSDEM
Geert Hendrickx writes that ``this weekend, 25 & 26 February, FOSDEM (the Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting) takes place again in Brussels, Belgium. See http://www.fosdem.org/ for a program overview and all the practical details.

Peter Postma and I will be there on Saterday for a joint FreeBSD/MirBSD/NetBSD booth (Sunday is not sure yet). Daniel Seuffert (from DesktopBSD) will bring flyers, CD's, and a Xen-showcase machine. ''

The webpage describes FOSDEM like this: ``Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting is a 2 days event, organized by volunteers, to promote the widespread use of Free and Open Source software. Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels, Belgium FOSDEM meetings are recognised as the best Free and Open Source events in Europe.''.

See Geert's mail or contact him if you have any questions.

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