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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Panic mode
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 10th Oct 2006 16:08 UTC
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People go all in panic mode about this, but lets not forget that the more popular Linux distributions are ALL owned by companies. Ubuntu (Canonical), Mandriva, OpenSUSE (Novell), Fedora, Xandros, Linspire, etc.

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v Really Happy mode
by Moulinneuf on Tue 10th Oct 2006 18:41 in reply to "Panic mode"
RE: Panic mode
by Tor85 on Tue 10th Oct 2006 19:14 in reply to "Panic mode"
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>but lets not forget that the more popular Linux >distributions are ALL owned by companies.

But this companies cannot close code. With *BSD anyone can.

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RE[2]: Panic mode
by antik on Tue 10th Oct 2006 19:26 in reply to "RE: Panic mode"
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We can fork code any time and start new project based on that. But we won't do it, because it would be stupid to make "yetanotherlin...err..unix distro". Half assed solutions is for Linux community, we need more professional developers and commercial support. BSD license gives us more freedom than you can imagine. Stop spreading MS like FUD about GPL is best thing happened to manking after sliced bread.

I am a PC-BSD developer and quality manager and I am not working for iXsystems Inc. and even not for PC-BSD Software LLC. I do my own business and recommend to stay others with their own.

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RE[2]: Panic mode
by dylansmrjones on Tue 10th Oct 2006 20:59 in reply to "RE: Panic mode"
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PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD and FreeBSD is not going to be closed-source. And if it did, there would be so much code floating around that we could fork it.

So relax!

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RE: Panic mode
by Anonymous Penguin on Tue 10th Oct 2006 22:00 in reply to "Panic mode"
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Not really "ALL" of them... Who owns Debian or Gentoo?

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RE[2]: Panic mode
by dStreSd on Wed 11th Oct 2006 00:13 in reply to "RE: Panic mode"
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Debian is owned by the group of developers behind the scenes, not necesarily a Company but their is an entity in control of the trademark and whatnot although they tend to be lax in it's control. And Gentoo is not a true distro it's a pseudo-distro. After you install it it evolves as you please.

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