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The FreeBSD Foundation Is Soliciting Project Proposals 58

Professor_Quail writes "Following a successful 2012 fundraising campaign, the FreeBSD Foundation is soliciting the submission of project proposals for funded development grants. Proposals may be related to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system, and will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit, and cost-effectiveness. The proposal process is open to all developers (including non-FreeBSD committers), and the deadline for submitting a proposal is April 26th, 2013." The foundation is currently funding a few other projects, including UEFI booting support.
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The FreeBSD Foundation Is Soliciting Project Proposals

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  • IPv6 DHCP gui (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anomalyst ( 742352 ) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @12:13PM (#43303797)
    Include support of LDAP and static leases. A wizard for requesting & configuring IPv6Tov4 tunnels thru current IPv6 providers would be a major boon
    • Fully second this!!! Have a DHCP6 manager that assigns static and dynamic address pools, and allow for the interface ID addresses to be grouped in any way that's convenient. Such a utility would be particularly great in router/firewall gear such as m0n0wall and pFsense, if not in FBSD itself. It should have direct hooks to the relevant /etc/ files so that one doesn't have to whip up an editor and manually edit such stuff.

      Other suggestions - all IPv6 related. One - have an utility that allows virtual w

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 28, 2013 @12:30PM (#43303975)
    They should get rid of the insecure and buggy libresolv and replace it with /etc/hosts for all DNS lookups.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Spend it all on marketing, then maybe you'll get more than 5 people to give a crap about FreeBSD. Serious suggestion.

    • by Bengie ( 1121981 )
      I'm torn between troll and funny. Something about spending charity money, for an Opensource project that gets most of its support from volunteers, on marketing seems funny.
  • The OGL implementation for example.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      OSX was never forked from FreeBSD.

    • by fnj ( 64210 )

      You don't have to fork BSD-licensed code. That's the point. Just take the code and use it. Make any changes you want. You don't have to give them anything or tell them anything.

  • by rhavenn ( 97211 ) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @01:10PM (#43304389)

    stable and installer supported ZFS boot support for the / volume.

    • Re:ZFS boot support (Score:5, Informative)

      by Bengie ( 1121981 ) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @01:25PM (#43304565)
      I think PC-BSD has support to setting up a ZFS boot on fresh install, while allowing a naked FreeBSD install.
      • I want a program that would maintain a backup of the hard drive on a network drive every time the computer is shut off. I want an installation disk that would look for a backup on the network drive and install that backup instead of a new installation.
    • by Sadsfae ( 242195 )

      stable and installer supported ZFS boot support for the / volume.

      It's definitely stable (running 9.1-RELEASE here in a few places) but not in the installer until later.
      Setting up a ZFS / install now isn't too difficult but does require using a livecd.
      There is a great thread covering it from many angles here, including HD encryption. []

      One thing I did here was go upwards of 50-60G for root, I find the 10g or 20g in the
      examples isn't sufficient for keeping full /usr/src and /usr/ports populated + port builds.

      • Traditional FBSD practice doesn't place /usr and / on the same partition. I usually take it a step further and put /usr/ports onto its own partition due to the nature of that beast.
  • Java (Score:4, Interesting)

    by FeatherBoa ( 469218 ) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @01:12PM (#43304415)

    I would like to see improved Java support. What we have now is all either hacks based on running the Linux JVM as a compatible ABI, or you have to build a JVM from source due to licensing. I would like to see a commercial JVM run natively. Ideally IBM's.

    That's not something FreeBSD can do though, I don't expect.

    • I don't see why they can't work with OpenJDK. It's not under a stupid license like the Sun/Oracle JRE.

  • Catch up to DragonflyBSD, which forked FreeBSD in the direction it SHOULD have gone and now has superior just-about-everything.
    • by fnj ( 64210 )

      DragonflyBSD is a good solid project, but could you name the aspects in which it is superior to FreeBSD? DragonflyBSD has hammerfs; FreeBSD has ZFS. That's a draw at best. There are some relatively minor improved features which would be nice to port back maybe.

      • Uh, the completely non-locking allocators, scheduler paths, and so on? DragonflyBSD's internals are what separated it from FreeBSD: the original maintainer had some big ideas on how to rewrite the schedulers (process, thread, I/O) and allocators to be a lot faster, lighter, more efficient, and scalable; he got banned from FreeBSD.

        HP Moonshot is going to bring 2000+ core servers to the data center one of these years (it's quiet, but there's real progress happening in there and lots of partners in the da

  • by Marrow ( 195242 ) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @02:19PM (#43305097)

    Something to completely restore a machine?

  • by bradgoodman ( 964302 ) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @04:20PM (#43306375) Homepage
    You know those guitars that are like, double guitars?
  • If FreeBSD supported more printers and scanners / MFC devices, I'd be back on it tomorrow.

  • Foundations for Wayland, KVM, KMS, systemd, Dalvik. Many of these things should just be a compile away with the right few pieces in place. Don't get left behind & don't let Linux's advancements be an island

  • I'm a busy software developer working for a big company, so I don't have much time to contribute for Open Source and open knowledge projects. Supporting the FreeBSD Foundation, Wikimedia and similar initiatives seems to be a good way to pay for their valuable work. I make a donation every year and invite all /. readers to do the same.

  • Oh, I only have a couple:

    * Fix USB device enumeration, you know, like you said you would in 8.1
    * Either remove or update storage controller drivers which are no longer maintained and have been
    * replace sysinstall outright with something which is more likely to work consistently
    * fix the release cycle to have something between "cutting edge requiring a regular rebuild of the system" and "stale binaries released when the release goes STABLE, and more often than not made unavailable completely as soon as they

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