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BSDCan - The BSD Conference

Come join us at the 18th 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.


  • Tutorials: June 1-2 2022 (Wed/Thu) (NOTE: nothing on Wednesday this year, only Thursday)
  • Conference: June 3-4 2022 (Fri/Sat)

These are the links for the various streams.

There are no Zoom sessions available.


We are monitoring restrictions imposed upon travel and events with respect with COVID-19. While we hope that we can meet in person, circumstances can change quickly. We will be following the recommendations of local, provincial, and federal health organisations. For example, be prepared to wear a mask at all times within the conference if that is the recommendation. There will be zero tolerance for not following the guidelines. Sure, we are asking you to agree to things we don't know yet. We're reasonable. You're reasonable. We'll figure it out and we'll all be happy.


This year the conference will be held online. If you read something on the website which conflicts with this, please take this notice as overiding what you see elsewhere.


  • This year, online, but usually at University of Ottawa, in the DMS (Desmarais) building.
  • See map for location

Entering Canada as a Visitor

Several changes have been made in the last 5 years at the border, including Electronic Travel Authorization, COVID-related requirements, including the mandatory use of ArriveCAN. Please see our Travel page for more details.


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

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers will be issued on 1 Dec 2021. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the announcement.


If you want to join the group of BSDCan sponsors, please read about our sponsorship opportunities.

See our other sponsors.


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