National FreeBSD Day
annually on June 19th (since 2017)
FreeBSD Foundation in 2017
An open-source operating system developed at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993, FreeBSD, is celebrated today. The creators of the day's event, the FreeBSD Foundation, say of the operating system, "As a pioneer in open-source technology, FreeBSD can be modified and redesigned to meet the needs of the user, free of charge within the guidelines of the license." Universities use FreeBSD to teach operating system concepts and as a research platform, and companies use it to develop products. It is used by many common programs, such as Netflix and WhatsApp. June 19th was chosen as the date of National FreeBSD Day because it was on this date in 1993 that the operating system was given its name.
How to Observe National FreeBSD Day
You could mark the day by downloading FreeBSD and making plans to attend an upcoming FreeBSD Foundation event. The FreeBSD Foundation has also suggested the following ways to celebrate:
- Introduce someone to FreeBSD by showing them FreeBSD How-To Guides, more about the history of FreeBSD, and a list of companies and products that use FreeBSD.
- Send stories to the FreeBSD Foundation "of how your company uses FreeBSD to great success."
- Use the hashtag #FreeBSDDay and share on social media about why you love FreeBSD.
- Donate to the FreeBSD Foundation.