Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Jun 2013 15:20 UTC, submitted by sheokand
Games Pretty cool stuff: the PlayStation 4 apparently runs on a version of FreeBSD 9.0 modified by Sony and renamed to 'Orbis OS'. Second generation developer kits use GNU GRUB to boot, and allow you to boot into a graphical or a console mode. Not much else is known at this point, but it's a fun bit of information, and perhaps a boon to homebrew developer and hackers.
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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

I'm guessing we're about to see a major backlash from GPL zealots claiming that BSD license allows Sony to take their FOSS and close it/lock it down so that nobody in the FOSS community can benefit from their changes/enhancements.


Well, obviously, the BSD-license does allow Sony to just rake in stuff and never contribute. Alas, that's the whole point with the BSD-license and the people who chose the license chose it for a reason. It's irrelevant what GPL-folks think of the matter, they are not the authors of the software being used here.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

It's irrelevant what GPL-folks think of the matter, they are not the authors of the software being used here.


Nope, you're right - but that doesn't seem to stop them ;)

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

And yet, you're the first one to bring license issues to this thread. Projection always leads to such ironic avenues...

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dnebdal Member since:
2008-08-27

Well, obviously, the BSD-license does allow Sony to just rake in stuff and never contribute. Alas, that's the whole point with the BSD-license and the people who chose the license chose it for a reason. It's irrelevant what GPL-folks think of the matter, they are not the authors of the software being used here.


That's kind of the point, yeah. As of today, there's a non-zero chance of Sony contributing something back, while if FreeBSD was GPL they wouldn't have used it in the first place. It might also benefit the public at large, since it's a better use of resources than Sony trying to reinvent the wheel again.

Now, Sony might certainly decide to contribute exactly nothing back, but that's not really a worse outcome than if they'd used an inhouse or commercial+closed OS in the first place.

Edited 2013-06-24 18:37 UTC

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jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

There is a discussion on this topic over in the FreeBSD forums and it looks as though some of the code is being contributed back to the FreeBSD project. Which makes sense, rolling the changes back into FreeBSD means Sony doesn't have to maintain a large fork, contributing means less work for them in the long run.

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