Presented by

  • Deb Goodkin

    Deb Goodkin

    Deb is the Executive Director of the FreeBSD Foundation, joining as the first employee back in August 2005. Before venturing into the world of open source and operating systems, she spent two decades working as an embedded firmware engineer, technical marketer, and technical sales engineer in the data storage industry. Deb now focuses on learning more about operating systems while advocating for FreeBSD around the world. Besides supporting the FreeBSD Project, she's been working on introducing more girls and women to STEM. Deb grew up in California and earned her undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and her Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Santa Clara.

  • Drew Gurkowski

    Drew Gurkowski

    Drew started working for the foundation as an intern in 2015 and continued as a consultant starting in 2018. As a marketing coordinator, he has helped advocate for FreeBSD and Open Source technology.


Now in its 30th year, the FreeBSD Open Source Operating System is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful open source projects, with a long history of innovation. It is a free Unix-like operating system descended from Research Unix via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), also known as “Berkeley Unix.” Known for its reliability, stability, and advanced networking and performance, FreeBSD also provides an opportunity to dive into the workings of a complete operating system as well as the chance to collaborate with a welcoming and inclusive community in a flat development model. In this track, we would like to begin with a brief “Introduction to FreeBSD” presentation followed by a hands-on, getting started workshop. The workshop portion will cover setting up FreeBSD with a desktop environment and how to get a web browser installed. Next, we’ll walk through the FreeBSD Jail system for managing separate FreeBSD environments within an existing FreeBSD install that allows folks to isolate programs from one another. The goal of the workshop is for everyone to leave with their own FreeBSD virtual machine that they can continue to learn on/develop on.