Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2006 16:19 UTC, submitted by Charles A Landemaine
PC-BSD "With all of the BSD variants available for download, it's easy to incorrectly assume all of them are pure, incompatible forks from each other. Actually, there are more shades of BSD out in the world than just separate forks. One in particular made the news a couple of weeks ago when it was commercially acquired. The BSD in question is PC-BSD. The company that bought it is iXsystems, a systems deployment and integrator firm out of San Jose that has pretty strong experience implementing *BSD, Unix and Linux systems for its customer base. So, why did the company up and buy PC-BSD?"
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RE[2]: Worried
by cptnapalm on Thu 26th Oct 2006 17:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Worried"
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2006-08-09

Actually no. The fork could be of the last version of the code which was made available, but every modification thereafter could be closed off. There are quite a few examples of this.

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RE[3]: Worried
by Joe User on Thu 26th Oct 2006 17:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Worried"
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2005-06-29

Exactly, but the fork can follow its own way, benefiting from the source code before it gets closed.

Actually PC-BSD has so many GPL components that it can't go closed source. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Edited 2006-10-26 17:25

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RE[4]: Worried
by cptnapalm on Fri 27th Oct 2006 02:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Worried"
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I wouldn't hazard to state definitely, but even if there were GPL components, the source to those can be made available but with the rest of the system being closed.

If memory serves, even when a BSD is done by a company which initially intends to keep it open, historically they do eventually close it off, making it entirely proprietary. I think that is the case, but don't rely on my faulty memory for this to be completely accurate.

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RE[5]: Worried
by Joe User on Fri 27th Oct 2006 03:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Worried"
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2005-06-29

If memory serves, even when a BSD is done by a company which initially intends to keep it open, historically they do eventually close it off, making it entirely proprietary. I think that is the case, but don't rely on my faulty memory for this to be completely accurate.

The opposite is true too. Think about it: How many companies ended up opening their source code and releasing their product open-source?

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