BSDCan 2008 officially started this morning at 9AM with an opening talk by the event's organizer, Dan Langille. However, in reality the event has already been running for two days, with the FreeBSD tutorials having started on the 14'th. After arriving in Ottawa yesterday afternoon and finding my room in a 20 story University of Ottawa residence, I wandered down to the Royal Oak Pub for early registration, meeting several dozen BSD hackers from all over the world.
This morning's opening talk was well attended, filling up first with clusters of laptop users around the power outlets along both walls. By 15 minutes after the hour, the room was completely full, and Dan started with a humorous slideshow of example letters he's been receiving ever since posting the words "letter of invitation" somewhere on the BSDCan website two year back. Coming primarily from Nigeria, the letter's authors often claim to represent large groups of developers, yet always coming from "disposable" email addresses. After some laughs, he launched into his opening keynote.
KernelTrap is excited to be able to offer live coverage of this year's BSDCan 2008 in Ottawa, Canada on May 16th and 17th. The two day conference takes place at the University of Ottawa, and was organized for the fifth consecutive year by Dan Langille who has also made it possible for me to attend and cover the event on KernelTrap. I spoke with Dan to get some background information on the conference, and learn about some of the upcoming highlights.
The event's webpage explains:
"BSDCan, a BSD conference held in Ottawa, Canada, has quickly established itself as the technical conference for people working on and with 4.4BSD based operating systems and related projects. The organizers have found a fantastic formula that appeals to a wide range of people from extreme novices to advanced developers."