This entertaining presentation introduces the FreeBSD operating system and the community that produces it. FreeBSD is an advanced computer operating system used to power modern servers, desktops, and embedded platforms. A large community has continually developed it for more than thirty years. Its advanced networking, security, and storage features have made FreeBSD the platform of choice for many of the busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.
FreeBSD is the reference implementation for many popular network protocols (most notably IPv4, IPv6, TCP and SCTP) and is used by many operators of critical internet infrastructure. Inexplicably, many people choose inferior alternatives for their services. I explain why FreeBSD is nothing to be afraid of continues to be a very good choice for internet infrastructure.
Philip Paeps is an independent consultant and contractor based in Belgium. He provides research and development on low-level software and operating systems, particularly in an embedded or real-time context.
His main interests are bootloaders, device drivers and high-performance networking. He can also be convinced to teach courses and workshops on a variety of networking-related topics.
In his so-called free time, Philip is a FreeBSD committer contributing mainly to the kernel and a member of the FreeBSD security team. He was one of the main organisers of FOSDEM, the largest annual open source software conference in Europe, from the early 2000s until 2015. He denies having any involvement with amateur radio or tabletop role playing games.