The Call to Action
I am putting out a call for individuals to organize #installFreeBSD events in their locales. The purpose of these events is to increase awareness of our favorite operating system because it's worth knowing about and using.
The events should be planned ahead of time and open to the public to maximize the impact of sharing FreeBSD with the wider world. It would be great to use a shared agenda that will allow each event to engage its participants in an intentional but leave room for flexibility.
These events should take place the week of Monday, March 30. It's several weeks away, which allows plenty of time to collaborate on putting these together.
The idea isn't new; we've all heard about the fun that goes on at Linux parties. But the same curiosity and fervor for learning and playing together is inherent to hackers of all stripes, and FreeBSD is no exception. So why not showcase another valuable tool and give the curious some firsthand experience?
My own investment in FreeBSD began with FreeBSD 4.5. It ran on a Toshiba Satellite 4015CDT, a Pentium II system with 64 MiB RAM, and served files across the network and allowed me to tinker. Later, I ran FreeBSD 5.1 through 7.2 on an IBM PC 365 with dual, overclocked 1 MiB Pentium Pro chips for the same reason. Needless to say, it wailed. (I wonder if it's still in storage after all these years, and I wonder how it would run FreeBSD 10.1—but I digress…