Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Jun 2013 15:20 UTC, submitted by sheokand
Games Pretty cool stuff: the PlayStation 4 apparently runs on a version of FreeBSD 9.0 modified by Sony and renamed to 'Orbis OS'. Second generation developer kits use GNU GRUB to boot, and allow you to boot into a graphical or a console mode. Not much else is known at this point, but it's a fun bit of information, and perhaps a boon to homebrew developer and hackers.
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wargum
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I think this is great news for the BSD community, even if Sony doesn't contribute back anything. It still increases mind share in a time where so many eyes are on Linux. BTW, I'm still positive there will be code contributions by Sony developers, at least that is my guess.

Regarding the license, yes, that is interesting too. In many new development frameworks there is a trend in opting for a more liberal license (MIT, BSD, Apache) than GPL. While still somewhat dominant, GPLs influence among FOSS is shrinking steadily. And, may I say, I like that trend.

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