pkgsrcCon is the annual technical conference for people working on pkgsrc, a framework for building over 19,000 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 2018 is over!

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


The pkgsrcCon 2018 takes place on Saturday () and Sunday (). On Saturday we will start off with talks.


We will have lunchbreaks at a convenient time between talks.

Social Event & Dinner

On we will have a get-together with some drinks.

On after the conference we will have dinner together.

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

Social EventFri18:00 - open endrepublik-berlin
Talks & HackingSat10:00 - 18:00c-base
Post conf dinnerSat19:00 - lateSpud Bencer
HackingSun10:00 - open endc-base


pkgsrcCon will take place at the c-base, in Berlin Mitte.

c-base e.V.
Rungestrasse 20
10179 Berlin

On arrival day, Friday 6th, we will gather around a table at republik-berlin, in Berlin Mitte.

Köpenicker Str. 74
10179 Berlin

The social dinner will take place on Saturday 7th at the Spud Bencer, in Berlin Friedrichshain.

Spud Bencer
Gubener Strasse 41
10243 Berlin

Please let the organizers know if you have any particular requirements (diet, allergies...) and we will try our best to address them.


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

The presentations will be recorded, and hopefully also streamed live. We will communicate the corresponding addresses as soon as we know them.

9:30Doors open
10:00Pierre Pronchery, Thomas MerkelMeet & Greet
10:15Hugo TesoKeynote
11:00Youri Mouton« The state of desktops in pkgsrc »
12:00Amitai Schleier« Maintaining qmail in 2018 »
14:00Maya Rashish« A beginner's introduction to GCC »
15:00Leonardo Taccari« Handling the workflow of pkgsrc-security »
16:00Benny Siegert« Preaching for releng-pkgsrc »
17:00Sevan Janiyan« Something old, something new, something borrowed »

Registration & Tickets

The conference is free and there are no tickets.

To help with planning it would be greatly appreciated that you let the organizers 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 Berlin

Berlin currently has two operational Airports: Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF). Public transport is available.

Long distance buses arrive at the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof (ZOB / Central Bus Station). Trains connect at Hauptbahnhof and Ostbahnhof. More details can be found at wikitravel.

Getting around

Getting around in Berlin is usually easier with public transport or by bike. 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.


Many thanks to the c-base for providing the main location!

We also thank the NetBSD Foundation for supporting three developers to attend the conference!

Thank you also to Defora Networks for sponsoring the t-shirts for the conference!

Last but not least, thank you to SkyLime for sponsoring the catering on Saturday!


The persons mainly responsible for organisation are Thomas Merkel and Pierre Pronchery. 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