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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On second thought
by KenJackson on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:59 UTC
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iXsystems' mission is to be the largest provider of open source server hardware and software in the IT industry. "Our support and further development of PC-BSD will drive adoption of the FreeBSD operating system by Windows and Linux users..."

When I read the headline, my immediate reaction was, "Oh NO!" But after thinking about it, this has the potential to be a good thing. There are already a number of high-profile, solid Linux distributions in the public eye, but the fact that they are all Linux seems to confuse some people. So here is another option that is FOSS, but not Linux.

None of the non-computer people I talk to have ever heard of BSD. If iXsystems can really raise PC-BSD's profile high enough to be seen and keep it free, then half of the visible choices (Windows, Apple, Linux, PC-BSD) will be free (as in freedom).

And if they start selling pre-loaded systems with PC-BSD they will earn a super at-a-boy.

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