Speakers - in order of appearance

Dru Lavigne In addition to being a prominent author and BSD advocate, Dru is an instructor at Marketbridge Technologies in Ottawa.

Talk: " Update on BSD Certification" Dru will provide a progress report on the BSD Certification effort, including the milestones which have already been achieved and what work still lies ahead. She will also provide an inside perspective on what it is like to be involved in a project that requires the coordination of hundreds of volunteers spanning the globe and dozens of languages.


Michael W Lucas is the author of "Abolute BSD," "Absolute OpenBSD," and "Cisco Routers for the Desperate", as well as assorted articles. Since the collapse of his Internet-based peanut butter sandwich assembly business, Michael has been employed as a network consultant in Detroit, MI. When not writing, working, or cleaning the pet rats' cage Michael attends the School of Chinese Martial Arts, fulfilling a valuable role as The Big Ugly Guy in the Dark Alley Who Gets an Unpleasant Surprise From The Elderly Grandmother Who Looked Like Easy Pickings.

He credits BSD with curing his diptheria, but concedes that even liberal applications were unable to ease his rabies.

Talk: "Network Management Tools to Make your Boss your Willing Slave." Michael will be speaking on his favorite open source network management tools and how they hook into a business environment. If he has not completed his long-overdue manuscript for his forthcoming "PGP & GPG: Email for Suspicious Bastards" before NYCBSDCon he will be committing suicide after his presentation, so catch him while you can.


Phillip Moore recently left Morgan Stanley, where he was Executive Director of UNIX Engineering. There Phil was a senior architect, responsible for the evolution of the Firm's UNIX/Linux infrastructure. His past accomplishments include the deployment of Morgan Stanley's perl development environment, global filesystem (AFS), and transactional messaging infrastructure (MQSeries), with over 15 years experience deploying solutions to problems of extreme scalability. He is the original author of the MQSeries suite of perl modules, and a member of the OpenAFS Advisory Council. Phil left Morgan Stanley to more fully participate in the open source community. He is an open source advocate and enterprise technology consultant.

Talk: "Practical Enterprise Scalability: Case Studies of Infrastructure Software Deployed in Production" Deploying infrastructure software in a large Enterprise is not a trivial task, since each and every Enterprise has its own unique requirements, and no two large environments are entirely identical. Successfully scaling something up from a few instances to 100s or 1000s requires a deep understanding of the product, the enterprise itself, and the application of several key principles that the author will discuss in this talk. Far from abstract and theoretical, this talk will use case studies of existing successful deployments of OpenAFS, Perl and MQSeries at a major financial institution, and provide the listener with general advice that can be applied to any number of Enterprise scale problems.


Jason Dixon As the principal of DixonGroup Consulting LLC, Jason Dixon focuses on solving real-world security and infrastructure challenges with free and open source software. Like any good administrator, he gravitates towards software that makes his job simple. In particular, much of his work has focused on secure networking and application development using Open Source projects like those distributed under the BSD license.

Talk: "Failover Firewalls with OpenBSD and CARP" Jason Dixon introduces the audience to building stateful firewalls using OpenBSD technologies. Thanks to PF, CARP, and pfsync, we are able to design fully synchronized firewalls for use in enterprise networks. The presentation begins with a background on these technologies and their purpose, then transitions into a lab environment detailing the setup, configuration, and debugging of the network. There will also be an advanced example explaining how to perform load-balancing with these same tools.


Jeffrey Hsu has spent much of the past ten years developing and promoting FreeBSD. He was one of the first ten FreeBSD committers, contributing in areas such as the FreeBSD ports collection, the JDK 1.0.2 port, TCP/IP networking, and SMP locking. He has worked professionally on AT&T SVR4, DEC Ultrix, SunOS, and HP/UX. He concurrently consults for companies making custom OS enhancements and enjoys traveling and giving talks.

Talk: "History, Goals, Objectives, and Structure of DragonFlyBSD" The recent DragonFlyBSD fork of FreeBSD is one of the most exciting developments in BSD development in a long time. This talk starts with the history behind the formation of DragonFlyBSD, describes its goals and objectives, and discusses how the project is structured. We next explore some of its technical advancements, such as the kernel messaging infrastructure, its network stack improvements, changes to the VFS system, and advanced multi-processor support.


Bruce Momjian, a co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, and has worked on PostgreSQL since 1996. He is the author of "PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts", published by Addison-Wesley. Bruce is employed by Software Research Associates (SRA) in their PostgreSQL support division.

Talk: "PostgreSQL in BSD Land" This one hour talk explores the new features in PostgreSQL 8.1, and covers the BSD aspects of PostgreSQL, including how its BSD license has encouraged companies to build products that promote PostgreSQL, how our development structure is organized, and how PostgreSQL runs on BSD operating systems and interacts with BSD features.


Marshall Kirk McKusick, known for his extensive work from the 1970`s to FreeBSD in the present day. He has twice served as the President of the Board of the USENIX Association.

Keynote Talk: "Enhancements to the Fast Filesystem to Support Multi-Terabyte Storage Systems", This talk describes a new version of the fast filesystem, UFS2, designed to run on multi-terabyte storage systems. It gives the motivation behind coming up with a new on-disk format rather than trying to continue enhancing the existing fast-filesystem format. It describes the new features and capabilities in UFS2 including extended attributes, new and higher resolution time stamps, dynamically allocated inodes, and an expanded boot block area. Next it covers changes that were made to the soft update code to support the new capabilities and to enable it to work more smoothly with existing filesystems. The talk covers enhancements made to support live dumps and changes made to filesystem snapshots needed to avoid deadlocks and to enable them to work efficiently with multi-terabyte filesystems. Similarly, it describes changes that needed to be made to the filesystem check program to work with large filesystems. The talk gives some comments about performance, and decribes areas for future work including an extent-based allocation mechanism and indexed directory structures. The talk concludes with current status and availability of UFS2.


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