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12 May 2004

In this announcement

- key signing
- Maps
- Two new talks added
- Ottawa weather

Key Signing

Details of the key signing are now available


This map indicates the parking lot, the venue, and the Royal 
Oak pub, all of which are on the University of Ottawa campus.

This map has both both the Black 
Thorn (Friday) and Patty Bolands (Saturday)

Two new talks added

We have added two new talks to the schedule:
Network Security Monitoring with Sguil - 2pm Friday
Using FreeBSD to provide Firewall and VPN - 2pm Saturday

Ottawa weather

You can see the forecast for Ottawa here.

10 May 2004

Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 14:13:13 -0400
From: Dan Langille
To: announce
Subject: BSDCan 2004 - a few more days!

In this announcement

- Registration
- Emergency contact number
- Registration packs
- Lunch/Dinner/Drinks
- Schedule changes
- Items for sale


Online registration was scheduled to close today (10 May).  We have 
streamlined our procedures and are now able to keep online 
registration going until Thursday at noon (EST).  A late fee of $50 
applies to any registration received after that time.   Payment must 
be in cash, money order, travelers cheque, or certified cheque. No 
credit cards are accepted for registration at the conference.  

Emergency contact number

The emergency contact number for the University of Ottawa is (613) 
562-5499. You can reach the campus security services.  We will be in 
212, 219, and 221 of Morisset Hall.  

Registration packs

Please pick up your registration packs on Thursday night.  Otherwise 
you will be joining a long line up on Friday morning.  We don't want 
anyone to miss the talks they want to see.  


We have made arrangements with three local pubs.

Thursday, 3:30-8:00pm (and perhaps later)
 - Registration packs may be picked up at the Royal Oak (161 Laurier Ave.)
   tel (613) 230-9223

Friday - lunch (12:30-2:00pm)
  On Friday, you can purchase your lunch in the University cafeteria.

Friday - drinks/dinner
  On Friday night, we are gathering at the Black Thorn, 15 Clarence St.,
  Byward Market.  tel (613) 241-0712.  You must arrive by 6:30 to be sure
  of a table.  This is about a mile (1.5 km) from the venue.

Saturday - lunch (12:30-2:00pm)
  The University cafeteria is closed on Saturday, so we are gathering at the
  Royal Oak pub (a 5 minute walk from the conference venue).

Saturday - drinks/dinner
  On Saturday night, we are heading to Patty Bolands, 101 Clarence St.,
  Byward Market, tel (613) 789-7822.  You must arrive by 6:30 to be sure
  of a table.  This is about a mile (1.5 km) from the venue.

Schedule Changes

Ian Darwin's talk on OpenBSD firewalls canceled because of personal reasons.
We may have another OpenBSD talk to replace it.

The NFSv4 BOF has been schedule for 4:30 on Friday.

We have added an All Conference Assembly to the end of the 
proceedings on Saturday. This will be a short set of announcements 
and some thanks before starting the key signing session.  From there, 
we will head off for the evening entertainment.  

Items for sale

BSDMall will be in attendance selling a 
range of BSD-related items during the conference.  

Theo de Raadt is rumoured to be bringing a box of 50 CDs of the newly-
released OpenBSD 3.5. Save on shipping 
costs, shipping time, and help support your favourite BSD. They rely 
on your support to stay alive!  

We also hope to have several titles by NoStarch for sale.

BTW: if any other BSD groups would like an area setup to sell their
materials, please contact us immediately.

5 May 2005

Date: Wed, 05 May 2004 23:02:30 -0400
From: Dan Langille
To: announce
Subject: BSDCan 2004 - one week to go!

In this announcement

- Just one week to go!
- Schedule changes
- Location
- Books
- Internet access at BSDCan

Just one week to go!

We are now one week away from BSDCan.  People are still registering.  
Are you one of those who leaves things to the last minute? Visit 

Schedule changes

A new talk has been added to the schedule for Friday.  Joseph Potvin 
will talk about Raising Awareness About BSD in the Government of 

The libpcap BOF has been rescheduled for Saturday morning.

The talks by Jay Lawrence (Using Perl to write command line 
utilities) and Jean-Francois Laforest (Service Routing Redundancy 
Daemon) have been withdrawn as they will be unable to attend the 
conference because of personal reasons.  Our apologies for this late 


The conference will be held in Morisset Hall, which is centrally 
located on campus.  We have highlighted Morisset Hall on this
map.  The talks will be held in rooms 212, 219, and 221.
All of these are in a hallway just off the main hall (look 
for the vending machines) on the second floor.  We are close 
to residence and to the university center where you can 
grab something for lunch.


We will have the following NoStarch books for sale at special prices 
during BSDCan:

   Absolute BSD
   Absolute OpenBSD
   Wicked Cool Shell Scripts
   Hacking: The Art of Exploitation

In addition, we have an opportunity to get a number of books from 
O'Reilly.  There is a list  here. We 
are sorry for the short notice, but if you want any of the books at 
that URL, please let us know by Friday May 7 and we will ensure they 
are here.

Internet access at BSDCan

There will be Internet access for you at BSDCan if you bring your 
laptop.  Bring your wireless card, or a CAT5 cable if you want to 
plug into our switch.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to 
contact us.

26 April 2004

We regret that Bill Paul will be unable to attend the conference for personal reasons and will not be presenting his Project Evil talk.

24 April 2004

To help attendees discuss BSDCan with other interested people, we have created a forum for that purpose.

19 Apr 2004

Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 16:36:05 -0400
From: Dan Langille
To: announce
Subject: BSDCan 2004 - update

In this announcement

- One Day Passes added to admission choices
- Schedule now available
- Replication talk added
- Upcoming announcements
- Keysigning party

One Day Passes

We have added one-day passes to the registration choices.  We had a 
number of requests from people who could only attend on one day.  See 
the registration page for details.  

Schedule now available

We have a draft schedule available.
This is still subject to change but we do not expect major change.

We regret that Michael Lucas has withdrawn his talk on "Homebrew 
embedded systems with BSD" because of family matters.  

Replication talk added

Jan Wieck will present Slony-I, a new enterprise level replication


A keysigning party will be held during BSDCan.  Details are available 

5 Apr 2004

Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 16:53:36 -0400 (EDT)
From: Dan Langille
To: announce
Subject: BSDCan - schedule updates

Hello BSD fans!

- Wireless talk added
- Wes Peters talks about RAPID
- IP talk added
- draft schedule
- Briefcases
- key signing

Now for the details.

I'm pleased to confirm the following new talks

Developing a wireless community group: a social and technical perspective:

   read details

The Reusable Appliance Platform for Internet Devices (RAPID)

   read details

IP Law and Innovation

   read details

The following presentations have been withdrawn:
   Introduction to Ports
   Using Bacula over untrusted networks
   iBooks for geeks

A draft schedule is in the works.  It will be released later this week.
An announcement will be made at that time.

Within the next week or two, we will have your BSDCan briefcase working.
This website tool will allow you to keep track of what talks you wish to

Preparations for the Saturday night pre-dinner key signing party are
underway.  We will include details in an upcoming announcement.

25 March 2004

The Speakers page was opened. This page will allow you to easily view the biography for all speakers.

20 March 2004

Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2004 09:58:33 -0500 (EST)
From: Dan Langille
To: announce
Subject: BSDCan - Registration now open

Hello BSDCan fans!

In this announcement:

- Registration is now open
- Tutorial information
- Speaker Biographies
- Privacy Statement
- Upcoming changes


I take pleasure in announcing that BSDCan 2004 is now open for
registration.  Please browse to the Registration
page and follow the instruction found there.


The tutorials will be on either
Friday or Saturday.  This will be useful for those booking hotels and were
wondering when their tutorial actually was.


The speaker biographies have been added to the website.  To view a
biography, click on a speaker
name on the Presentations page.


The BSDCan privacy statement is now available.


The conference schedule will be filled out within the next couple of weeks.
A scheduling tool will also be added to the website to allow you to keep
track of what talks you wish to attend and to keep track of any potential
conflicts in your schedule.

As always, should you have any questions or comments, please do not
hesitate to contact us.

29 Feb 2004

Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 10:25:28 -0500 (EST)
From: Dan Langille
To: bsdcan-announce
Subject: BSDCan 2004 prices / facelift


The prices for BSDCan 2004 have been announced. Regular admission is
CAD$175. Students are CAD$50.  See the registration
page for more information.

Registration will open in mid-March.

The website has also been given a facelift.  Have a look.

25 Feb 2004

From: Dan Langille
To: bsdcan-announce
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 10:44:15 -0500


We have great pleasure in announcing additional speakers for BSDCan 

Theo de Raadt - Exploit Mitigation Techniques
Ryan McBride - Introduction to pf
Michael Lucas - Homebrew embedded systems with BSD
Robert Watson - Trusted Operating System Features
Poul-Henning Kamp - GEOM + GBDE
Jun-ichiro itojun Hagino - BSD and IPv6: security perspective
Jean-Francois Laforest - Service Routing Redundancy Daemon
Bill Paul - Project Evil

For more information, please see

In addition, we are proud to announce Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) 
as a sponsor

Interest in BSDCan has been increasing as word spreads.  We have 
heard from groups at various Canadian and USA universities who are 
planning to attend.  If you want to let your local groups know, this 
brochure has all the key facts:

Registration will open in a few weeks.  A website facelift is also 
underway.  Conference prices have been set and will be added to the 
website at that time.

Regular	$175
Corporate	$300
Additional Corporate	$100
Student	$50
University of Ottawa Staff/Student/Faculty	Free
Tutorial		$50

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to 
info at

Thank you.

31 Jan 2004

From: Dan Langille
To: bsdcan-announce
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 09:21:37 -0500

Hi folks,

The plans for BSDCan have expanded.  I recently returned from a trip 
to Linux World Expo in New York City.  BSD interest at the convention 
exceeded my expectations.  I was in touch with many people who are 
interested in speaking at BSDCan.   

I met several people from companies who want to support the 
conference. They are excited about a BSD conference on the east 
coast.  This means the display area will be much larger than 
originally anticipated.

I was also in touch with several user groups from throughout the 
north eastern US.  They too were excited about an east coast BSD 
conference.  They'll be coming.

The most important development is the government departments that 
have indicated they wish to be involved with BSDCan.  They are very 
interested in the security aspect of BSDCan.

All of this combines to make a much larger and better conference than 
I originally anticipated.  I will update the website with new 
presentations and sponsorship information as soon as it is confirmed.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please do not 
hesitate to get in touch with me.

18 Jan 2004

Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 06:13:07 -0800 (PST)
From: Dan Langille
To: bsd-announce

Hi folks,

Things are going very well.  In the past week, many things have been 
added to the list of presentations. occurred:

New talks recently added:

- Encrypted Filesystems
- Automated source branch selection using SH/CVS
- Exploit Mitigation Techniques
- OpenBSD firewalls
- Using Perl to write command line utilities
- Homebrew embedded systems with BSD
- Trusted Operating System Features

You should recognize the following speakers who have been booked to 

- Ryan McBride
- Michael Lucas
- Robert Watson
- Ian Darwin
- Theo de Raadt
- Jay Lawrence
- Allan Fields

We still have room for more talks.  If you want to give one, please 
let us know.  We are also looking for more BOF ideas and people to 
step forward and be the contact person for these events.  

I am also looking for someone to do some graphics for the website.  
I'd like a 468 x 60 pixels banner please.

I am also looking for people to help out on the day (security, 
registration, speaker contact, catering, and audio-visual).

12 Jan 2004

Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 08:25:41 -0800 (PST)
From: Dan Langille
To: bsd-announce

Hi folks,

I have added two new pages to the website:

   A list of presentations (some without speakers) not yet added
   to the schedule.

   Birds of a Feather
   A list of proposed BOF sessions.  We need people to step forward
   and be the contact person for these events.

We are still recruiting speakers for these events.  Please contact me 
if you would like to give a talk.

I am also looking for someone to do some graphics for the website.  
I'd like a 468 x 60 pixels banner please.

We are also looking for people to help out on the day (security, 
registration, speaker contact, catering, and audio-visual).

Conference announcement : 7 October 2003

BSDCan is pleased to announce the first Canadian BSD conference. It will be held May 13-16, 2004 in Ottawa, Canada.

BSDCan would like to invite everyone interested in BSD to submit papers. For details, please see

We plan to keep costs to a minimum. As such, the conference will be held at University of Ottawa and accommodation is available within the University residences. Please see University of Ottawa Summer Accommodation for more information. Hotels are also within close walking distance of the conference venue.

The conference venue is within walking distance of the Byward Market, a great section of town for bars and pubs. This will be a popular meeting area for the BOFs.

Attendees should find Ottawa cheaper than most other conference venues with many things to do and see away from the conference.

Conference cost

Costs have not been determined, but initial estimates indicate that the attendance fee will be less than CAD$200 (approximately US$150). An announcement will be made when the fee has been determined.

Hotel + Travel
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