(Un)fortunately the Friday pub place did not work out well as it became too noisy after a couple of minutes. So, after we have met up there, we decided to find a more quiet place. Italian people recommended a pizza place as pizza was invented in Naples. Then we have found the light in the night...
The local staff was very friendly and they even took our freshly prepared badges for the event -- for the sake of a few fancy photos :-) But, no, they are not commiters :-P
Paul Schenkeveld (of BSDeurope.eu left) and Jörg Sonnenberger (of NetBSD, right) joined the fun and put their BSD-Day badges on display while waiting for their order.
It turned out this is a "Do It Yourself" restaurant where guests are randomly thrown behind the counter to cook their own pizzas in the oven! (Or perhaps the staff guys were just too lazy to do the pizzas for us...? :-P)
Our Italian university venue: Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging, somewhere in the hills of Naples. Nice and modern building.
In the very morning, the associated BSDA exam is starting up with a real crowd of candidates: 8 brave and curious guys checked in! (There are only 7 on this photo, because one of them is got late a bit.) Our proctor is Attilio Rao, FreeBSD developer, who is greeting the candidates and hands them out the examination sheets.
Guides everywhere for everything. It is impossible to take the wrong turn.
Thanks to FreeBSDMall, iXsystems, and Daniel Seuffert (of allBSD.de) we have been provided with a lot of stuff to give away for our visitors.
Gábor Páli (FreeBSD, Hungarian BSD Association) opens the event with a short introduction and greeting for the participants. In the background, there is an interactive board which is run from the MacBook on the desk. Actually, it is funny to operate the board (when it works :-)): one should just touch it.
Of course we could not do this event without the generous donation of our distinguished sponsors: the FreeBSD Foundation and the EMC Corporation. (Do not forget to donate to the Foundation!)
As a warm-up speaker, Gábor Páli (pgj@FreeBSD.org) continues his presentation with a brief summary of why BSD matters and what are its important features to honor (especially from the aspect of a developer).
Talk of Jörg Sonnenberger (joerg@NetBSD.org) is about to start on MCLinker.
The other side of the room where the event is held which hides our audience -- consisting of random visitors, fellow speakers, developers, organizers and their friends.
No speaker may leave without a nice event T-shirt, a decorated certificate...
...and a bottle of fine Limoncello. Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur, mainly produced in Southern Italy, especially in the region around the Gulf of Naples.
Frederic Culot (culot@FreeBSD.org) during the preparations of this talk on the organizational structure and culture of FreeBSD. His interesting topic and excellent talk definitely owned the event!
A plain wall clock stolen from one of the neighboring rooms, placed on a chair in front of the speakers to help them to see how much time they left. However, we discovered that it was late by one hour but finally it was set.
Davide Italiano (davide@FreeBSD.org) is talking about his work on the next-generation callout implementation in FreeBSD. This helps the kernel to conserve energy and to achieve better precision in sleeping.
Obviously, we could not let them folks starve physically so a plenty of food was served during the breaks between the talks.
One of the main organizers, Gianni Trematerra chatting with the guys during one of the breaks.
Rafał Jaworowski (raj@FreeBSD.org), CTO of Semihalf, presents the current state of FreeBSD in the world embedded system, the related challenges and recent achievements.
This is not a piece of cake but an authentic Pastiera, the surprise BSD-Day cake -- a type of Italian cake made with ricotta cheese which originates from the area of Naples! The timing was almost perfect as it is a typical cake during Easter time. It also symbolizes the cake for the 20th anniversary of the NetBSD and FreeBSD projects, happy birthday both! Delicious!
Guido Falsi (madpilot@FreeBSD.org) meditates before his presentation on how to bear with the FreeBSD Ports Tinderbox and the new package building tool, Poudriére. After his talk he did a very good demonstration on the power of these tools.
Guiseppe Palma, one of our local helpers.
As the last speaker of the event, Giovanni Bechis (giovanni@OpenBSD.org) summarizes his experiences on setting up a VPN in a Microsoft-influenced environment and talks about the benefits of npppd, he new L2TP/PPTP VPN daemon shipped with OpenBSD.
Paul Schenkeveld calls the attention of the participants to the upcoming EuroBSDcon in Malta next September -- the Program Committee is still waiting for proposals!
As part of the closing ceremony, Gianni Trematerra is given a certificate for his great work on helping with the organization of the event. Nice work, Gianni!
Besides Gianni, Attilio and Alfredo Di Stasio (pictured) also got certificates, T-shirts, and bottles of Hungarian drinks as appreciation for their work in the organization.
Event dinner in Pony Express, a small but busy local restaurant close to our hotel, with wives, significant others -- and many bottles of Italian wine, stream of plates of appetizers, different types of sea food, and pannacotta. Nobody could not even say a word about the amount of food served here, everybody was filled to the maximum...
Sightseeing in Naples: view of Vesuvius and the harbor...
...Castel Nuovo, in the proximity of port of Naples...
... and everyday life in the streets of Naples.
Lunch on Sunday before leaving Naples with a happy but tired group of developers somewhere in the downtown. (From left to right: madpilot, davide, pgj, giovanni)