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.


The pkgsrcCon 2019 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 Events & Dinner

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

On after the conference we will have dinner together. (Partners may be in intersted in the Castle Hill open day happening near the conference venue.)

On we will have an ad hoc pub lunch 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 endThe Castle Inn
Talks & HackingSat10:00 - 18:00BP Institute
Post conf dinnerSat19:00 - lateTandoori Palace
HackingSun11:00 - open endComputer Museum


pkgsrcCon will take place at the BP Institute for Multiphase Flow, in Cambridge.

BP Institute
Madingley Road

On arrival day, Friday 12th, we will gather around a table at The Castle Inn.

The Castle Inn
38 Castle Street

The social dinner will take place on Saturday 13th at Tandoori Palace Indian restaurant.

Tandoori Palace
68 Histon Road

Sunday 14th's hacking will take place in the Centre for Computing History. Admission costs £9. Lunch will be at the Wrestlers.

The Centre for Computing History
Rene Court
Coldhams Road

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

9:30Doors open
10:00Patrick Welche, Stephen BorrillMeet & Greet
10:15Nia AlarieNetBSD audio - an application dev's perspective
11:00Benny SiegertA Tale of Two Spellcheckers
12:00Alistair CrooksNetflix and FreeBSD
13:50Natasa Milic-FraylingSoftware preservation and digital continuity
14:40Sevan JaniyanSomething, something, Cambridge
15:10Thomas KlausnerIntroduction to the structure & interpretation of TNF
16:00Amitai SchleierThe state of qmail in pkgsrc
16:30Pierre ProncherySigning packages: a thing again?
16:50Alistair CrooksLarge Scale Packaging

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


The conference venue is in West Cambridge, very close to Churchill College. We have been granted the use of their Dining Hall at lunchtime (12.15pm—1.45pm) paying with cash at the tills.


Cambridge is well equipped for tourists. There is also bed and breakfast accommodation available at Churchill College.

Getting around

The U Bus line passes the train station, Churchill College (Storey's Way), and very close to the BP Institute (William Gates Building).

How to reach the correct end of Cambridge from further afield is well explained in Churchill College's directions.


Many thanks to the BP Institute for providing the main venue!

Thank you also to Precedence Technologies Ltd for sponsoring the t-shirts for the conference!


The persons mainly responsible for organisation are Patrick Welche and Stephen Borrill. 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