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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Could be a very smart move
by Jody on Tue 10th Oct 2006 18:07 UTC
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In my opinion the BSD license offers more freedom than GPL and especially GPLv3. I think GPLv3 was created with the idea in mind that the rest of the wold needs open source more than open source needs the rest of the world.

If "GNU/Linux" ends up going mostly GPLv3 and locks out multimedia/packages people want to use they may turn to *BSD solutions instead.

OSNews linked a review of PC-BSD a while back here:

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v RE: Could be a very smart move
by Moulinneuf on Tue 10th Oct 2006 18:49 in reply to "Could be a very smart move"
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> The GPL dont care about Open Source , it care that software stay Free as in Freedom.

So you think being forced to release your source code just because you include a small GPL library can be called "freedom". Sorry, we have a different vision of "freedom".

The person who doesn't know what he's talking about is you. Read that first, then we talk:

Edited 2006-10-10 18:56

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Oliver Member since:

Freedom isn't someones flavour of freedom, like the GPL. Freedom is real and without any drawback! If you want to guarantee freedom you have to do it with a proper attitude and the right facts. Some philosopher, people who real care about what is freedom, wouldn't define it that easily - because they know, it's always a two edged blade.
So it's "freedom" according to Stallman, the FSF, whatever - and I admire their fight against bad companies, but it's only their flavour - nothing more. Theo de Raadt (OpenBSD) for example has some other flavour of freedom to offer. So it's the brain to use, not some religion ...

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Mod parent down!
by DevL on Tue 10th Oct 2006 19:22 in reply to "Could be a very smart move"
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Mod any post about the BSD versus GPL licenses down for that matter. It's getting bloody tiresome to see each and every piece of BSD-related news to be perverted into yet another moronic license war!

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RE: Mod parent down!
by Oliver on Tue 10th Oct 2006 19:25 in reply to "Mod parent down!"
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If people cannot discuss anymore, yes then it's a war. Maybe you don't like the freedom to think, but some other people like it ;)

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