FreeBSD: The Foundation of the Internet

FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for modern server, desktop, and embedded computer platforms. FreeBSD provides advanced networking, impressive security features, and world class performance, and is used by some of the world's busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices. From providing the foundation to the PlayStation 4 operating system, to Juniper's routers making up the backbone of the Internet, to being at the core of Apple's OSX and powering the servers Netflix use to stream terabits of video every second, chances are you are using FreeBSD right now without even realizing it.

The FreeBSD Project began 25 years ago in 1993, but is based on the work of Berkeley CSRG with a history going back to 1978. Over those years the code base has gone through continuous development, improvement, and optimization. The FreeBSD Project is a large, mature, and yet relatively tightly knit organization, developed and maintained by a large team of individuals.

There are currently over 300 developers with write access to the main revision control system, and hundreds more with access to our Subversion servers for experimental and third party development. This is also where our Summer of Code students have worked in previous years. We have an active mentoring program to bring all new developers into our community, not just those that we introduce to FreeBSD through the GSoC. There are hundreds of mailing lists, forums, blogs, IRC channels, and user groups all detailed on our main website. FreeBSD offers a complete operating system in which students can work, not just a kernel or specific userland stack. This allows for interesting work that spans the userland/kernel boundary.

In addition to producing an operating system, FreeBSD has incubated the development of key pieces of infrastructure which are used by other open source projects including bsnmp, jemalloc, libarchive, and OpenPAM.

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FreeBSD 2019 Projects

  • Ján Sučan
    Dual-stack ping command
    Ping has been one of the basic most used utilities for network diagnostic. Because of this the major aspect concerning it is ensuring its long term...
  • Ahsan Barkati
    Firewall Test Suite
    A framework is to be built, which would be able to run a given test on all the firewalls (pf, ipfw, ipf) since there are a lot of commonalities in...
  • Costin Carabaș
    Kernel sanitizers
    FreeBSD includes support for the kernel coverage sanitizer and undefined behaviour sanitizer, however support for the other sanitizers is missing....
  • Shivank Garg
    MAC policy on IP addresses for FreeBSD Jail
    With the introduction of VNET(9) in FreeBSD, Jails are free to set their IP addresses. However, this privilege may need to be limited by the host as...
  • Theron Tarigo
    Separation of Ports Build Process from Local Installation
    This project aims to provide the capability of the FreeBSD ports infrastructure to safely and cleanly build ports and all their dependencies without...
  • Paavo-Einari Kaipila
    Virtual memory compression
    Virtual memory compression is a memory management technique implemented by multiple operating systems ranging from Windows to Darwin. Depending on...