GTABUG

Greater Toronto Area BSD Users' Group

About

GTABUG is an assortment of IT hobbyists and professionals in the Greater Toronto Area who enjoy the BSD family of computer operating systems. We've been meeting since 1999, and we're very informal.

Meetings

Invited: Anybody who's interested in BSD and/or the open-source software community. No previous IT knowledge or experience is required, but is certainly welcome.

Where: Olympic 76 Pizza Cafe at 8 Gloucester Street, Toronto. We're usually in the back corner of the restaurant.

When: Third Wednesday of every month. We meet around 19:00 (7:00 PM), although some hungry people will typically arrive closer to 18:00 (6:00 PM). Want our iCalendar file?

Topics: Anything. We socialize, discuss technical issues, share stories, solicit jobs, use our brainpower in silly ways, and sometimes we even talk about BSD.

Cost: Including tax and tip, each 10% slice of a 40.64cm-diameter "spicy special" vegetarian pizza costs $4.25, and each 591mL glass of draught beer costs $8.65. Other food and beverage options are available too.

Mailing List

You can chat with us outside our meetings by subscribing to our mailing list. Any important updates that we might have are posted to this list, so if you plan to attend our meetings, please subscribe.

Our mailing list is hosted by Rejminet Group Inc. as a service to the BSD community in Toronto. Thanks, Rejminet!

BSD Introduction

BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) was a computer operating system that was forked in 1977 from UNIX, which began development in 1969. BSD evolved into 386BSD, and today, BSD has four main open-source descendants under active development:

The BSD family's source code has undergone decades of public scrutiny, testing, and refinements by governments, businesses, acadamia, non-profits, enthusiasts, and others. All this work has enabled BSD's source code to become some of the most clean, secure, reliable, efficient, portable, and powerful available. BSD licences are very permissive, which makes it much easier to incorporate BSD source code into other projects.

A few examples of projects that have benefited from using BSD source code in part or in whole:

BSD is used quite extensively by the vast majority of modern computers and IT services, but it's ingrained so deeply that most people use it unknowingly. For example, the device you used to access this website probably uses the BSD TCP/IP stack. If you've ever watched Netflix, then you've used a service that's powered by a BSD operating system.

Some more links to introduce you to BSD and its history:

GTABUG Members

This isn't a complete list: