Guy Helmer's Home Page
Welcome to my home page on freebsd.org. My real homepage
currently resides at Palisade
Systems, Inc. Palisade System's network appliance products are
generally based on the FreeBSD platform.
I am a developer with the FreeBSD Project and am currently
concentrating on reducing the problem report backlog. I tend to
concentrate now on issues related to high-performance networking and
security. I have a strong interest in system security and reliability
(due to my years of work with UNIX systems and security
I was previously a graduate student in Computer Science atIowa State University in Ames,
Iowa, where I received my Ph.D. in the fall of 2000.
During my grad student days, I made good use of FreeBSD on my home
systems to support coursework, doing reports and documentation in
LaTeX (via the TeTeX package) and writing programs. Using FreeBSD at
home beat the tar out of using HP/UX at the Computer Science
From 1989-96 I was a Senior Systems Programmer at Dakota State University, a small
university in South Dakota that
has a strong emphasis on the use of computers in education. My part
in the organization was working as a UNIX system administrator and
system programmer, LAN & WAN engineer & guru, Netware administrator
and system programmer, and PC O/S support. It was here that I heavily
depended on FreeBSD to provide
reliable, inexpensive Internet services.
How am I involved with FreeBSD? It goes back to March, 1992, when
Chris D. (sorry, I can't remember how to spell his last name!) got a
copy of 386BSD version 0.0 from Bill Jolitz. I had been in need of a
good UNIX-like system for PCs to support our university's growing
Internet needs, so I immediately FTPed a copy of 386BSD and installed
it on a 386/25 PC. In July '92, a useable version of 386BSD, version
0.1, was released, and after Terry Lambert organized the patchkit, I
was hooked. In October '92, I put the that lucky little 386 in
production as our mail hub to relieve our overloaded MicroVAX, and
FreeBSD has played a major role at Dakota State since.
After a bit of water under the bridge, FreeBSD emerged as the project
to continue building a solid UNIX-like O/S for PCs. I've supported
the project to the extent that I can, including beta-testing new
releases, answering questions on the mail lists, providing an
occasional patch, and providing small features (such as rmuser(8)).
When I left DSU, FreeBSD was running on four systems that I
administrated (mail hub, news server, our site's primary time-sharing
system, and my office workstation). I had also helped install several
FreeBSD systems in South Dakota state government and associated
institutions to support Internet services.
A hearty thanks to the core team and everyone who has contributed to
FreeBSD. I truly believe you can't find a better UNIX-like O/S for
PC's, no matter how much you pay.