pkgsrcCon is the annual technical conference for people working on pkgsrc, a framework for building over 18,000 open source software packages. pkgsrc is the native package manager on NetBSD, SmartOS and Minix, and is portable across many different operating systems including Linux and Mac OS X.

Developers, contributors and users are all welcome to attend.

pkgsrcCon 2017 is over!

We had lots of fun, thanks everyone for participating. Check out the slides and video recordings.


The pkgsrcCon 2017 takes place on Saturday () and Sunday (). On Saturday we'll start off with talks.


We'll have lunchbreaks at a convenient time between talks.

Social Event & Dinner

On we'll have a get-together with some drinks at The Hand and Shears pub. Located at 1 Middle Stree, EC1A 7JA London the closest two underground stations are Barbican and Farringdon.

On after the conference we'll have dinner at Mohsen which is in walking distance from Earls Court Underground station.

To plan accordingly please let the organizer know if you are going to attend the social event and dinner on Saturday!

Social EventFri7pm - open endThe Hand and Shears pub
Talks & HackingSat10:30 - 18:00BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Post conf dinnerSat19:00 - lateMohsen Restaurant
HackingSun10:30 - open endLondon Hackspace


pkgsrcCon will be at the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT on the 1st Floor in the The Davidson Building at 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA on Saturday.

On Sunday we'll meet at the London Hackspace at 447 Hackney Road, London, E2 9DY.


While the primary focus is on pkgsrc, the theme of the day is building and packaging open source software in general and the challenges we face.

Details for general attendees will be available soon but in the meantime, If you would like to present a talk on such a theme, please send the title, slot duration (minimum of 15 minutes) and a brief description (for the web site) to

10:30Sevan JaniyanIntro
10:40Giovanni BechisPledge in OpenBSD
11:30Coffee Break
11:40David SpencerSlackbuilds
12:00Charles ForsythNot/configure (Exploring the various aspects of portability from Bell Labs, covering Plan 9 & Inferno)
13:45Alistair Crookspkgsrc - foundations & abstractions, building from source on 23 platforms
14:20Thomas MerkelTesting your pkgsrc development on multiple platforms with vagrant and virtualbox
14:55Pierre Proncherypkg-query
15:30Coffee Break
15:40Bennie SiegertBulk builds in the cloud
16:15Sevan JaniyanA mix of two halves
16:40Alistair CrooksRunning a third of the internet on BSD
17:05Alexander NasonovInstalling packages from http://pkgsrcbadj4vrrrr.onion
17:25Vsevlod StakhovThe architecture of Pkg - a modern package manager for BSD systems

Registration & Tickets

The conference is free and there are no tickets. Registration is required for Saturday's event however. Please use this link to sign up. Closing date for registration is Thursday 29th June 2017 at 11:59 pm. For Sunday you can just turn up. To help with planning it would be greatly appreciated that you let the organizer know. Send an email to and include details like:

  • When will you arrive? When will you depart?
  • In which hotel do you stay?
  • Do you need help with booking the hotel or travel?
  • Do you want to join Friday and Saturday dinner?
  • Do you want to hold a talk? On which topic?
  • Is there anything else we need to know? Special requirements of any kind?

Hotel & travel information

Getting to London

London is served by a total of six airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted, Luton, Southend). From the airport to the city going by rail is usually the best option.

By train the Eurostar connects with Paris and Brussels. Domestic connections are served by National Rail.

Getting around

Public Transport in London is the recommended way to get around. Wikitravel has more information, including details about the Oyster Card. To navigate on mobile phones the Citymapper App can be recommended for Android and Apple devices.


Hotels and AirBnB flats are available in all price ranges.


The person mainly responsible for organisation is Sevan. If you want to help with the event, or have questions, suggestions, criticism, remarks, enquiries, praise, queries, proposals, or anything else really, please e-mail


Open Source Special Interest group at BCS London Hackspace Scale Engine