Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2006 16:19 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD "With all of the BSD variants available for download, it's easy to incorrectly assume all of them are pure, incompatible forks from each other. Actually, there are more shades of BSD out in the world than just separate forks. One in particular made the news a couple of weeks ago when it was commercially acquired. The BSD in question is PC-BSD. The company that bought it is iXsystems, a systems deployment and integrator firm out of San Jose that has pretty strong experience implementing *BSD, Unix and Linux systems for its customer base. So, why did the company up and buy PC-BSD?"
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by Lengsel on Thu 26th Oct 2006 17:57 UTC
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I am happy with that, maybe this will help get at least one BSD into more of the spotlight as I know there are avid Linux users who have never even heard of BSD. With a bigger PC-BSD name, I think it will give a bigger FreeBSD name. Just need something to also get OpenBSD a lot more exposure and I think it will help with all this Linux craze. As it's been said several times over, Linux is for people who hate Microsoft, BSD is for people that love Unix. I am not sure PC-BSD will be the next Linux, but I've tried every release since it was based on Free 6, and just never liked the default install, had to go through the system and change a lot of the setup. But with this acquisition now, since iXsystems can sell stuff with PC-BSD installed, maybe they can help fund full time development and kick PC into more high gear, so that Kris can take on Windows and Mac the way he would like to, but built on the security and stabilization of BSD. So I really can't say it will be the next Linux, but I would say it could help turn people on to a true Unix-type system, and not a Unix-like system.

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