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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Can't be a bad thing
by elsewhere on Tue 10th Oct 2006 16:38 UTC
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I suppose that, theoretically, the new parent company could close future modifications made to PC-BSD in an attempt to derive a revenue stream, but I don't see the advantage in doing so and I highly doubt that's their intent.

Without knowing more, I can't see where this is a bad thing. BSD, for all it's merits, has lacked commercial backing, development and support on an equivalent scale to linux. On the surface this seems like an attempt really to provide commercial credibility to BSD and provide financial backing while still relying on community involvement for development. I'll refrain from cynicism until it's warranted, and certainly give them the benefit of the doubt here.

Good stuff.

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