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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Someone tell me
by maxx_730 on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:51 UTC
maxx_730
Member since:
2005-12-14

How can open source software be bought by a company?

(Except for buying the rights from all the copyrightholders and relicensing it, which is (nearly) impossible in this situation because PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD with many,many contributors)

Edited 2006-10-10 15:57

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RE: Someone tell me
by antik on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:57 in reply to "Someone tell me"
antik Member since:
2006-05-19

iXsystems bought part of PC-BSD Software LLC. not community.

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RE: Someone tell me
by hamster on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:59 in reply to "Someone tell me"
hamster Member since:
2006-10-06

I do think that it's their way of saying that they will provide funding to the team behind pc-bsd.

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RE: Someone tell me
by Jody on Tue 10th Oct 2006 17:54 in reply to "Someone tell me"
Jody Member since:
2005-06-30

It wouldn't be possible to be Linux per se, but one could aquire Red Hat or SUSE.

I don't see this aquisition as a bad thing really, PC-BSD could gain some needed support and become more popular, or iXsystems will do a terrible job and people will use a competing solution.

I have never used PC-BSD before but it looks like they may be onto something with their packaging system and http://www.pbidir.com.

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v RE: Someone tell me
by maxx_730 on Tue 10th Oct 2006 19:47 in reply to "Someone tell me"