OpenBSD Journal

Announcement: New York BSD user group formed

Contributed by jose on from the get-together dept.

Wes Sonnenreich writes: "We have initiated a BSD user group in New York City called NYCBUG (pronounced "nice-bug").

There are two goals for this new user group:

First, to provide a forum for the many BSD users in New York City to discuss and debate topics of interest to the BSD community.

Second, to provide a bridge to users interested in learning more about or expanding their knowledge of the BSD family.

Our kick-off event will be a free "birds-of-a-feather" session at LinuxWorld Expo at the Jacob Javits Center on January 22nd at 5:45pm, Room 1E15. We will have a presence at various tables at the expo, including those of BSDMall and New York PHP.

Our first presentation, "Secure by Default: Learning from OpenBSD," will be held on Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00pm in the offices of SageSecure, 116 West 23rd Street and 6th Avenue on the fifth floor. To be given by Wes Sonnenreich, author of "Building Linux and OpenBSD Firewalls" and "Network Security Illustrated," this talk will deal with crucial security concepts and best practices for today's computing environments. Subsequent meetings will take place at 7:00pm on the first Wednesday of the month."

"Our website is located at The site will include a joint documentation project with New York PHP and, focused on providing original documentation to new and experienced BSD users alike. NYCBUG also provides community mailing lists to assist in discussion and learning about the BSD world. Interested users join the mailing list at

NYCBUG is open to all interested individuals, including, but not limited to, users of FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, OpenDarwin, Darwin and Mac OSX.

Since the origins of Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) UNIX in the 1970's, BSD has been a consistent force among the backroom servers of the world, powering internet service providers, hosting firms, and web sites such as Yahoo! and NYCBUG works to assist current users, those interested in learning more about this fundamental operating system family and various other BSD projects, and to provide a channel for community interaction.

We look forward to supporting the BSD community in a variety of ways in the coming months and years. Please join us in making NYCBUG a success."

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  1. By Aaron () on

    I've been recently poking around trying to find a Boston area BSD User Group but haven't had much luck. I've been to the usual listings:
    and the closest I've been able to find is the seemingly now-defunct NEABUG:

    I know there must be plenty of other BSD users in the Boston area - are any of the readers out there from the Boston area? What - if any - groups do you participate in? And finally, does anybody have the coordination to get a Boston BSD User Group started?

    1. By tmclaugh () on

      Ha! Funny, I was laughing at the fact that I moved from New York to the Boston area. All I found was too. Unfortunatly I don't have the time or patience to try and start one. I would like to know if there is one in the area as well.

    2. By Clint () on

      There was some talk of a *BSD group breaking off from the Boston linux group ( but we talked about where to have a meeting and it sort of fell apart.

      Email me if you're interested and we'll try again.

      1. By Michael Gady () on

        Is there any update to this post yet? I live in Boston and I'm very interested in attending BSD User Group meetings. If we don't have one here YET, I would be interested in helping start one.
        Any takers?

        "Hello, My name is Michael and I'm a BSD user."

  2. By Mike () on

    This has come up before, and the reaction was pretty luke warm, but if anyone out there wants to do a Pittsburgh / Western PA / Eastern Ohio BSD user group, I'm offering to organize and maybe even host.

    Its always good to network, even if the subject is networking software ;)

    And if you're not in the Pittsburgh area, well, represent. Maybe there are people in _your_ area who want to get together for such a group.


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