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BSDCan - North America's Largest BSD Conference

Come join us at the 20th Anniversary BSDCan!

BSDCan is the definitive BSD event in North America and welcomes BSD Unix developers, administrators, and users of every level of experience. Get direct access to the friendly people who make the Internet run smoothly and developer your favorite modern products and services. Whether you are shy or outgoing, we welcome you!


  • Tutorials: 29-30 May 2024 (Wed/Thu)
  • Conference: 31 May - 01 June 2024 (Fri/Sat)


University of Ottawa, in the Desmarais (DMS) building, 55 Laurier Ave. East - see the map for location.

The University of Ottawa strives to be barrier-free and scent-free.


The 2024 schedule features a who's who in the BSD Unix community.


These are the links for the various streams.

Social Events

There will be social events before, during, and after the conference and we offer tours of Ottawa's best attractions for spouses, partners, and other travelers who aren't there for kernels and file systems.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers was issued on 26 Dec 2023 and closed on 12 Feb 2024. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive announcements.


If you want to join the amazing group of BSDCan Sponsors, please see our sponsorship opportunities.

Closing Auction

Of course we will have the world-famous BSDCan closing auction.


Please subscribe to the announcement mailing list to be kept informed of changes. To subscribe, please follow the instructions at


If you want to volunteer at BSDCan, please join the volunteers mailing list. We will be sending specific requests for help before the conference.

Masks & public health

Updated 2023-10-30
Nobody likes masks. We don't enjoy BSDCan looking like a scene out of the latest Michael Crichton thriller.
However, BSDCan is about community, a community protects its most vulnerable members, and we have many vulnerable members. So, we are requiring that attendees wear masks (details below).
Finding a mask that fits your face snugly and comfortably before arriving in Ottawa can make wearing a mask during the conference much less aggravating.

BSDCan DOES require to you wear a mask:

  • in the conference venues (except for food/drink, see below),
  • that is well-fitted, and worn properly, covering both mouth and nose,
  • and that meets international medical and/or scientific standards:
       • meets N95, KN95, KF94, FFP2, PM2.5, or equivalent, and
       • no exhalation vent.
  • ...that's it.
  • BSDCan does NOT require to you wear a mask:

    • outdoors
    • outside the conference venues
    • during the closing social event (which is well-ventilated and open to the outside)
    • while you are the speaker/presenter
    • for the brief moment required to take a drink
    • while you are actively eating, if you are appropriately spaced out from other attendees

    If you have questions about this policy, please contact us before booking flights and hotels.

    If you are unable to wear a mask, we deeply regret excluding you this year. We hope you can participate remotely via the streaming options.

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