Pawel Solyga, Summer of Coder working with the WinLibre project in 2006 and 2007, also happens to be an 'old hand' with all things BSD. He recently attended the meetBSD Conference and was kind enough to send us a report on the conference. Pawel writes:
Last weekend, I and a few of my friends from Wroclaw University of Technology attended the meetBSD Conference in Warsaw, Poland. The conference focused on different BSD-based operating systems, including FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenSolaris. The agenda included talks in both Polish and English, with most of the presentations in English given by special guests of the FreeBSD project.
We had a great time and learned a lot from all the presentations we attended, but our particular favorites included Kris Kennaway's talk on "New features and improvements in FreeBSD 7" and Slawomir Zak's presentation on "DTrace - Monitoring and tuning your system in XXI century." The organizers will be posting videos and slides from the talks over the next several days, so stay tuned to the conference site.
I also had the chance to give a tech talk detailing the results of FreeBSD and NetBSD's Summer of Code students' work since the program's inception in 2005, focusing on how these contributions have helped to shape the BSD operating systems. I also spent some time reviewing the student projects developed during 2007 in greater detail. If you'd like to check out my presentation, you can either look at a PDF of the slides or check out the interactive Quicktime presentation .
I would like to thank Murray Stokely (Google employee and FreeBSD committer) and the NetBSD Summer of Code team for all the support in both helping me research my presentation and then reviewing several iterations. Thanks also to Google for helping to defray my travel costs. See you next year at meetBSD 2008!
Many thanks to Pawel for the write up. If you'll be giving a presentation about your Summer of Code activities or have recently attended a great conference, post a comment and let us know!