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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RE[4]: Worried
by cptnapalm on Fri 27th Oct 2006 02:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Worried"
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I wouldn't hazard to state definitely, but even if there were GPL components, the source to those can be made available but with the rest of the system being closed.

If memory serves, even when a BSD is done by a company which initially intends to keep it open, historically they do eventually close it off, making it entirely proprietary. I think that is the case, but don't rely on my faulty memory for this to be completely accurate.

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