"BSD: No Hype Required."

The Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) is a free open source version of the Unix operating system which evolved at the University of Berkeley starting from 1975, and it is based on AT&T's Unix Sixth Edition (V6). The name BSD is now used collectively for the modern descendants of these distributions. Most notable among these today is perhaps the major open source BSDs (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD) which have themselves spawned a number of children. They are targeted at an array of systems for different purposes and are common in government facilities, universities and in commercial use. A number of commercial operating systems are also partly or wholly based on BSD or its descendants, including Apple Computer's Mac OS X.

This year Beastie joins Tux on his tour in Vienna in May: another “DanuBSDCon” is coming to gather Central-European BSD people to meet! The event features several BSD developers and enthusiasts to tell about their work, communicate with their fellows and reach their potential future partners. As usual, there are no formalities, papers, registration or participation fee, however the invited folks are encouraged to give a brief talk about their favorite BSD-related topic. The goal is to motivate everybody, especially university students to work with BSD systems.

There are also a poster, banner, and an animated banner to advertise the event.

Social link: Facebook



Date and Location of the Main Event

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Room HS 1.04A
University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
Höchstädtplatz 5
AT-1200 Vienna


Entry is free

Sponsors and Partners

The following organizations and partners have contributed to the event so far. Thank you for your for sponsorship and help very much!



The following developers have accepted our invitation and they wbill very likely to be present at the event.

Developer Also Known As Focus 4th 5th 6th Accommodation Notes
Ilya Bakulin kibab@FreeBSD (GSoC) Capsicum
Giovanni Bechis giovanni@OpenBSD
Roman Divácký rdivacky@FreeBSD Clang/LLVM
Bernhard Frölich decke@FreeBSD Redports organizer
Beat Gätzi beat@FreeBSD Ports SVN, Gecko
Daniel Geržo danger@FreeBSD documentation
Adam Hamsík haad@NetBSD
Tilman Keskinöz arved@FreeBSD local
Thomas Klausner wiz@NetBSD pkgsrc local
Ermal Luçi eri@FreeBSD pfSense
Martin Matuška mm@FreeBSD ZFS, mfsBSD, ports organizer
Gábor Páli pgj@FreeBSD organizer
Andrew Pantyukhin infofarmer@FreeBSD Cloud technology yes yes yes strict vegan
Armin Pirkovitsch sperber@FreeBSD
Aleksej Saushev asau@NetBSD pkgsrc
Daniel Seuffert ds@FreeBSD (supp.) allBSD.de, BSDA exam


Name Notes
Fabio Balzano Guest speaker
Michael Ranner Grazer BSD Stammtisch
Paul Schenkeveld BSD Europe
Manuel Wiesinger Wiener BSD Stammtisch


The format is technically a mixture of a cross-project developer summit and a workshop. We have invited developers working with BSD from different organizations, we have some dinners together, and dedicate various sessions to each of the topics based on the interests of the attending developers. The format of these sessions is quite flexible: they may include presentations or demonstration of results, or even public discussions with developers involved, or a mix of all of these.

We have two different schedules: one for the participants and their guests and one for the public part of the summit. The former is mostly about the summit in general, while the latter is the interest of casual visitors of the BSD-Day.

Participants' Schedule

Date Morning
(08:00 – 12:00)
(12:00 – 13:00)
(13:00 – 16:00)
Late Afternoon
(16:00 – 18:00)
(18:00 – 21:00)
Friday 4
May 2012
participants arrive dinner at Kolar from 19:00 hacking lounge
Saturday 5
May 2012
BSDDay.eu/2012 (UAS) lunch BSDDay.eu/2012 (UAS) BSDDinner.eu/2012 at Gasthaus Hütterer from 19:00 (invited guests only) hacking lounge
Sunday 6
May 2012
Vienna trip participants depart

Public Schedule

Time HS 1.04A Speaker EDV 2.07
09:00 check-in
09:40 welcome, introduction
10:00 Embedding NetBSD: VOIP Applications (video) Fabio Balzano (guest)
11:00 The Capsicum Security Framework: Sandboxing Done the Right Way (video) Ilya Bakulin (FreeBSD)
12:00 Relayd: A Load-Balancer for OpenBSD (video) Giovanni Bechis (OpenBSD)
13:00 New Features In and Around the FreeBSD Ports Tree (video) Beat Gätzi (FreeBSD)
14:30 DVCS: A New, Cloudy Life for Your ~, / and SQL (video) Andrew Pantyukhin (FreeBSD) BSDA Exam
15:00 Firewalling with pfSense (video) Ermal Luçi (FreeBSD)
16:00 mfsBSD (video) Martin Matuška (FreeBSD)
17:00 NetBSD and Xen Adam Hamsík (NetBSD)
18:00 closing

We have the room HS 1.04A reserved at the University of Applied Sciences for the event. It will be available all day. The BSDA exam will be in room EDV 2.07. Note that Adam Hamsík's talk was canceled (unfortunately) on the day of the event.


We have the following talks for the day.

Title Speaker Description Notes
Embedding NetBSD: VOIP Applications Fabio Balzano This talk is to show briefly how to produce with an Alix PC Engine board a full working embedded Asterisk or Freeswitch PBX using NetBSD with a custom kernel. The box to be presented is a full working system that features a short VOIP demo.
DVCS: A New, Cloudy Life for Your ~, / and SQL Andrew Pantyukhin A detailed journey from getting your personal Unix home folder under Git to bringing a growing commercial FreeBSD-based infrastructure under uncompromising and unified version control in a way that few others dared to go.
mfsBSD Martin Matuška mfsBSD is a toolset to create small-sized but full-featured mfsroot based distributions of FreeBSD that store all files in memory (MFS) and load from hard drive, usb storage device, optical media or network.
The Capsicum Security Framework: Sandboxing Done the Right Way Ilya Bakulin A short description of Capsicum, what it is and how it differs from other sandboxing technologies. Besides that this presentation is about what can application developers expect in the next FreeBSD release, which features are in the bleeding-edge version, and shortly about the state of Capsicum in other BSDs and in Tux world.
Relayd: A Load-Balancer for OpenBSD Giovanni Bechis This talk is about relayd, a load-balancer, application layer gateway, or transparent proxy daemon with a brief description of all features, from load-balancing to SSL-accelerated reverse proxy.
New Features In and Around the FreeBSD Ports Tree Beat Gätzi In 2012 some new features and tools in and around the FreeBSD ports tree will be added and this talk will give an outlook and some examples what you can expect from pkgng, options-ng, package sets and Subversion for ports.
Firewalling with pfSense Ermal Luçi pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution.
NetBSD and Xen Adam Hamsík History and current status of NetBSD Xen support, how to use it in production. This talk also features the new exciting features coming to NetBSD 6 which are suspend/resume support which allows to do uninterruptible clustering, and SMP support which makes possible to use NetBSD as native Amazon EC cloud instance.

For Speakers


Each session slot is 45 minutes long.

Notes on Presentation

For preparing the slides, there is a template added to the page that you can use. It contains a LaTeX source file that you can modify to create PDF-based slides for the session. It uses the Beamer class which is an easy-to-use extension to LaTeX for making presentations. Then pdfLaTeX can be used for compiling the sources to produce the desired PDF file.

$ pdflatex my-presentation.latex

A few rule-of-thumbs when creating slides:

  • Try to make things legible, use large fonts.
  • Have title and closing.
  • Use less text, you do not have to include everything on the slides. (Prepare and) Do a demonstration if needed.
  • You have only 45 minutes, having 45 or less slides (in addition to title and closing) is usually fine.
  • Sometimes images can tell more than pure text.
  • Leave a few minutes for questions.


Vienna (German: Wien, Austro-Bavarian: Wean, Hungarian: Bécs) is the capital of the Republic of Austria. It is by far the largest city in Austria (with population of 1.7 millions), as well as its cultural, economic, and political center. As the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, the city still has the trappings of the imperial capital it once was, and the historic city centre is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Read more about Vienna...

Some useful links to prepare your trip and get familiar with the city:

Arriving to Vienna

By Plane

Take the any train to Vienna (they all have the same stops) and hop off at Traisengasse.

IMPORTANT: Buy a ticket for two zones as the airport is out of the “central zone”. It is often seen that tourists had to pay a fee, since they do not know that. The easiest way to buy a ticket is go to an automaton, switch it to English and choose Select Destinations, and then type traisengasse.

By Train

Take any train to Vienna. You will probably arrive at Wien Westbahnhof. Just take the subway U6 in direction Floridsdorf, and hopp off at Dresdner Strasse.

By Car

When coming from the East, take the motorway A4 towards Vienna. When coming from the West, take the motorway A1 towards Vienna.

Approaching the Event Site

Take Line S1 / S2 from Praterstern to Traisengasse. Take Tram 2 from Traisengasse / Dresdner Strasse to Höchstädtplatz.

The cheapest ticket is a day ticket. When you are with a group, you can share an 8-Day Ticket, just validate it once for every person. With any of these tickets you can take any public transportation in Vienna an do not need to care about any more.



If you plan to stay in Vienna on Friday and Saturday night, we can then recommend you the following places to book a room.


Pictures and videos are available.

Special thanks to Michael Ranner, Ilya Bakulin, Bernhard Fröhlich, and Mario Gastegger for contributing their photos, and to Michael Ebner for lending his camera!

BSDA Certification Exam

The BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) is pleased to offer the BSDA certification exam to our visitors.

The exam will take place at the event in room EDV 2.07 between 14:00 and 16:00.

It will be paper-based and in English. Exam information is available from the Certification page. Candidates should be proficient in the BSDA Certification Requirements and the Command Reference, both of which are available for free download from this page of the website.

Participants need to register for the exam in advance. Choose "BSD-Day Europe" as the location and pay for the exam. The price is USD 75 (~EUR 50) and payable through Paypal or credit card.

About the BSD Certification Group

The BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) is a non-profit organization committed to creating and maintaining a global certification standard for system administration on BSD-based operating systems. The BSDCG works with the BSD and sysadmin communities in order to provide a practical and relevant certification.

The BSDA certification is designed to be an entry-level certification on BSD UNIX systems administration. The successful BSDA candidate is able to complete common administrative and troubleshooting tasks and has a good understanding of general BSD Unix and networking principles.


If you have questions, comments, or you just feel that something is missing from here, please contact me.

See you at the BSD-Day!

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