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: Not so sure about this...
by Janizary on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:49 UTC in reply to "Not so sure about this..."
Janizary
Member since:
2006-03-12

iXsystem has been providing the hardware for PC-BSD for a while, most of the people there are FreeBSD supporters.

PC-BSD is really just a few small KDE addons and their nasty package system, I audably laughed when I read about this last night because of how crazy the idea of buying something like this is.

However, as was soon after pointed out to me, it's quite likely that iXsystems is buying them out more as a community base than as a technology, since PC-BSD has that image that you bought into.

And PC-BSD is not a BSD distro, it's a FreeBSD distro, just like DesktopBSD. They are just an add on to the actual operating system, they are not full-flung operating systems of their own, like OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD or DragonFly BSD are. Those two are the only, "distributions," in the BSD world, and they're entirely FreeBSD.

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KenJackson Member since:
2005-07-18

Those two are the only, "distributions," in the BSD world, and they're entirely FreeBSD.

That's a good point. Hopefully, iXsystems will make bug fixes, improvements and additions that will be folded back into the FreeBSD core.

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rexbinary Member since:
2006-01-04

"That's a good point. Hopefully, iXsystems will make bug fixes, improvements and additions that will be folded back into the FreeBSD core."

Since they are using the BSD licence, and correct me if I'm wrong, I don't believe they are required to give back anything. It would be nice if they did of course.

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Charles A Landemaine Member since:
2005-11-11

PC-BSD is really just a few small KDE addons

Are you sure? ;)
http://www.pcbsd.org/?p=changelog

and their nasty package system, I audably laughed when I read about this last night because of how crazy the idea of buying something like this is.

Take a peek: http://www.pcbsd.org/?p=pmscreens
If you're laughing, I hope you're laughing for joy ;)

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Janizary Member since:
2006-03-12

Yes, I am sure, your lovely changelog illustrates this. Laughing for joy? What are you on about now? I see screenshot of just another random KDE install.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Thier package system may be nasty, but to gain acceptance in the Windows world, that's the kind of stand alone installers people expect, and it certainly makes life easier than the ports system.

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