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BSDCan - The BSD Conference

Come join us at the 17th annual BSDCan!

BSDCan, a BSD conference held in Ottawa, Canada, quickly established itself as the technical conference for people working on and with 4.4BSD based operating systems and related projects. The organizers have found a fantastic formula that appeals to a wide range of people from extreme novices to advanced developers.



We said we'd wait and see if things improve and decide by 1 April.

Things are clearly not improving and let's not wait.

BSDCan 2020 will be an online conference. It will not be in person.

Details will soon follow. Hope this helps in the short term.


Early on, with the conference months away, we said it was too early to decide. Eventually, we will have to make a decision.

We have decided on a go/no-go date. If things do not improve by 1 April, we will move to an online conference. We will not post anything on that date so as to avoid confusion. Instead, we will post shortly thereafter. Please subscribe to our announce mailing list for updates.


  • Tutorials: 3-4 June 2020 (Wed/Thu)
  • Conference: 5-6 June 2020 (Fri/Sat)


  • University of Ottawa, in the DMS (Desmarais) building.
  • See map for location


There will be related events (of a social nature, for the most part) on the day before and the day after the conference.

HEADS UP: visa required for entry into Canada

Starting in 2016, new visa requirements were created. Please read about Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) on our travel page.

HEADS UP: OCTranspo changes

In 2020, there are significant changes to public transit in and near downtown. See our travel page for information.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers has been issued. The deadline for submissions is 19 Jan. Please follow the instructions for submission.


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