Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:14 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD "iXsystems, an enterprise-class hardware solution provider, announced today its acquisition of PC-BSD, a rock solid UNIX operating system based on FreeBSD. PC-BSD is a fully functional desktop operating system running FreeBSD version 6, with a KDE desktop interface and graphical system installer. Its PBI system, developed exclusively for PC-BSD, lets users download and install their applications in a self-extracting and installing format. iXsystems' acquisition of PC-BSD will provide funding to the PC-BSD project to increase distribution of PC-BSD and develop future versions of PC-BSD. Development is currently underway for a version of PC-BSD that will allow for easy installation and operation on servers, workstations, and laptops."
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Future will tell about our fears
by Haicube on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:56 UTC
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Change is in the american world associated with something potentially good. In the European world it's mostly associated with something possibly bad. For the rest of the world I have no idea.

Regarding IXsystems acquisition, I wouldn't really be able to tell good or bad. Seeing that they'll bring resources is definitely good, but if this would somehow make any changes in the PCBSD (BSDL)policy I'd consider it awfully bad.

Judging from Hamsters post about who ixSystems are I'd say this might be a very slick move for everyone. Making, for instance, storage solutions available to a wider market with an understandable system on top (which PCBSD really is).

I for one think it's far to easy to tell good or bad here, until we hear anything about ixSystems ambitions on a more long term level.

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