Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Faces of FreeBSD - Thomas Abthorpe

Faces of FreeBSD
Are you aware of the tangible benefits derived from our support of the FreeBSD community? In conjunction with our fundraising efforts, we are spotlighting different people on our website and Facebook page who have received funding to work on development projects, run conferences, travel to conferences, and advocate for FreeBSD.
Please enjoy our third installment of our Faces of FreeBSD series!

Let us introduce you to Thomas Abthorpe. We helped him attend BSDCan 2009, 2011, and 2012 by helping with his travel expenses. Here’s his story.

Thomas' Story

My name is Thomas Abthorpe, and I am a Server Administrator working for the Canadian Government during the day. In my spare time I volunteer with a grassroots movement called Bicycles for Humanity and doing various odd jobs within the FreeBSD Project.  I became a Ports committer in August 2007, doing my own thing for a while, mostly keeping to myself, until I joined the Donations Team. 

The Donations Team was my first real non-ports function within the FreeBSD Project.  From there my functions evolved.  I was invited to take over as portmgr-secretary@ in March of 2010.  One year later my membership was upgraded to full voting member on portmgr@.  I was voted by my peers within the FreeBSD Project to join core@ this past July.

In my five active years within FreeBSD, I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by The FreeBSD Foundation to attend BSDCan 2009, 2011, and 2012. At these conferences I met developers from around the world, attended DevSummits and advanced my knowledge of FreeBSD in general by attending the talks. 

The conference format lends itself well to learning, socializing and camaraderie. I attended my first conference just to learn the process and take in the experience.  At the next two conferences, I was not only there as a participant, but also to also represent portmgr@.

I have said time and time again that I am purely a hobbyist in FreeBSDBecause of the generosity of The FreeBSD Foundation, I have been able to meet with other like-minded people and do my part to share my knowledge and friendship.

Thomas Abthorpe

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Thank You for Helping Us Exceed Our Fundraising Goal!

We want to thank everyone for helping us exceed our fundraising goal for 2012. We are thrilled to report we raised $753,378. And, checks are still coming in! We should have final numbers by mid-January. Donation receipts will be emailed and mailed out by the end of January. If you made a donation and you can't find your name on our donor list, please let us know. We received so many donations in December, that we missed adding some names.

We can't thank you enough for your overwhelming support of the FreeBSD Foundation and Project. As we prepare our 2013 budget, we are very excited to be putting more funding in the Project Development area. In fact, we are always interested in hearing your project proposals. Do you have an idea of something you'd like to work on and need funding to help you accomplish it? Click here to find out about our project proposal process.

We also plan to help more developers attend BSD-based conferences. You can find out how to apply for a travel grant here:


As the new year starts, we are grateful for the working with such passionate people who give their free time to the FreeBSD Project. The commitment that you all share in making FreeBSD the best OS out there inspires and drives us!

Consider making a donation for 2013! Click here to make a donation.