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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jessesmith
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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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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

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.


That's great news! And it would confirm my (semi-biased) belief that GPL isn't mandatory for companies to "do the right thing" - since publishing the source modifications benefits everyone, including the original author, when the bugs are squashed and code is improved.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


That's great news! And it would confirm my (semi-biased) belief that GPL isn't mandatory for companies to "do the right thing" - since publishing the source modifications benefits everyone, including the original author, when the bugs are squashed and code is improved.


I know there's a lot of Apple hate on these forums these days, but Apple do keep their BSD code changes open. Granted they don't actively push the code back upstream, but FreeBSD and co have implemented some of Apple's code.

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HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

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.


Excatly! It's actually a big shot in the arm for the BSDs, which have always been the poor cousins to Linux in terms of the amount of dev time devoted to them.

It's good all round. We get to hack the PS3 to within an inch of its life + more dev work for BSD. Nice.

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