National FreeBSD Day

FreeBSD is an open-source and free Unix-like operating system that descended from BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution). The first free version of it was released in 1993 and by 2005 it was the most popular open-source BSD operating system. Although some people use this software as an operating system, most people aren’t familiar with it.

Regardless of whether a person is familiar with it or not, they probably already use services that use code derived from it. Even popular services such as WhatsApp and Netflix have used code from FreeBSD for their platforms. And that’s why it’s probably a good idea to observe National FreeBSD Day on June 19th every year.

History Of National FreeBSD Day

This day was created back in 2017 to recognize this technology and to honor its legacy. Since some of the busiest websites in the world also use the web serving capabilities of FreeBSD code, it’s a holiday that’s observed all around the world. Why is this holiday observed on June 19th? That’s because this is when the official name of FreeBSD was finally agreed upon in 1993.

Interesting Facts About FreeBSD

We found out a lot about FreeBSD as we wrote about this holiday, so we decided to share some of that information below.

  • FreeBSD is open source and is the version of UNIX developed at the University of California, Berkley.
  • Computers that run Microsoft Windows can also be used to run FreeBSD.
  • There are a ton of operating systems and web applications that are based on FreeBSD.

Observing National FreeBSD Day

Although we feel that a very select group of people are going to be the ones observing this holiday, we will still go over some of the ways that it can be celebrated. The primary way to celebrate it is to learn more about FreeBSD. People can also share their experiences with this product using the hashtag #FreeBSDDay.

When is it?
This year (2023)
June 19 Monday
Next year (2024)
June 19 Wednesday
Last year (2022)
June 19 Sunday
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