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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by Haicube on Thu 26th Oct 2006 20:44 UTC
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Hey, this is a thought (that hopefully someone would like).

why not try to sell or at least offer preconfigured installs of PCBSD / Any BSD.

What I'm thinking here is SMB fileserver with 3-4 easy backup methods preconfigured and network shares configured etc.

There's so many companies out there who are like 2-10 people who can't afford any IT guy that needs a fileserver that just works out of the box or is very easy to understand. Since all workstations by definition is Windows for these companies, any Windows server is natural.

Seriously, why not just make a preconfigured station where you have some additional dirs where obvious which is already setup in Samba and in the Unix users part where it's simply stated that copy your current data in there and it'll be shared. Then a simple "group install" adding user names/passwords and simply one group.

Finally on top of that would be a preconfigured backup script that automatically would store all data in the shared dirs and the only choices would be a) Complete/incremental on what basis (daily/weekly etc). And the second option would be method as in. DVD backup, CD backup, Online backup (FTP) and Tape.

I can PROMISE that the above solution based on PCBSD for 50$ would sell HUGE time to SMB companies. Especially with some good documentation about restoring etc.

PCBSD is a natural choice for this and will be competitive.

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