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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RE[6]: Panic mode
by dylansmrjones on Tue 10th Oct 2006 22:09 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Panic mode"
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If he is a bot , then I have been really fooled.

Thanks... that one made me laugh ;) (and perhaps he is a bot.. I dare not say for sure).

I'm not exploding in a tremendous rage, just slightly annoyed. Tremendous rage is a very big thing, and something that rarely happens for me.

There are so many open source and Free Software alternatives to PC-BSD that the loss of it wouldn't be so bad. So I'll just lean back and relax.

It's actually very easy to create a fork - the problem is to maintain the fork. Just like it is easy to create a distribution, but difficult to maintain it (the latter is a huge job).

Forks are easy under the BSD _if_ you have the code. We have the FreeBSD code used in PC-BSD and we have code to replace the PBI-system, so we're not in trouble. But personally I don't think PC-BSD will go closed-source. That's unlikely in my eyes. But if it did, it would do little or no harm to the community. It _is_ replaceable.

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