About BSD

Operating systems built on the Berkeley Software Distribution software releases (from the University of California Berkeley) have been around since the mid-1970s. Originally used on expensive hardware, the software has proved flexible and robust enough to port to smaller and smaller systems. Universities and research organizations around the world were already using the software when the first Intel 386 port appeared in March, 1992.

Today, thousands of companies use BSD based systems and software. These systems have proven remarkably stable at some of the busiest sites on the Internet, including Yahoo, New York Internet, Pair Networks, and others. Use of this freely available software has skyrocketed since its beginning and has continued to grow steadily.

Companies large and small want to protect their investment in BSD systems by employing system administrators, programmers, network specialists, and others with demonstrated proficiency in using and understanding these systems.

The Projects: Please DONATE to the BSD efforts.

We do! We contribute as individuals and as an organization to the BSD Projects (listed alphabetically):


NYC*BUG (pronounced "nice bug") was launched at a small meeting in December 2003, and officially announced at the birds-of-a-feather meeting at LinuxWorld Expo in NYC in January 2004. We are a BSD user group where like-minded people get together under a single interest. Everyone is welcome. There is no official membership, no dues, and no requirements. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted, to listen to presentations and discuss issues affecting users today. We are also on IRC, #nycbug on libera.

Aside from all the obvious things a user group does, we hope to provide a "forum for discussion and a bridge to learning". You will find BSD advocates here at NYC*BUG, and some may even be evangelical. NYC*BUG should be a BSD success story spreading more BSD success stories.

While our opinions may be strong, this does NOT mean to the exclusion of others or others' opinions. We hope you agree that sharing knowledge and occasionally teaching someone who does not know is good for all. We hope you agree that all open source is a good thing... regardless of mascot or license. We do not find the words free|open offensive.

Anyone is allowed to give presentations, however, we do not allow vendors to present nor have free access to the user base.

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us privately, mail [ admin at lists dot nycbug dot org ].