The end of an era for BSD/OS: Yesterday, on the bsdi-users mailing list, it was reported that Wind River Japan had announced that they will be discontinuing BSD/OS Internet Server Edition (ISE) on Dec. 13, 2003. The final version of BSD/OS, BSD/OS 5.1 ISE, will be available as an upgrade for 5.0 ISE customers in October with sales ending on December 31, 2003. This will be available in binary and binary with source code, as with previous releases.
Wind River Terminating BSD/OS
2003-09-10 BSD & Darwin 15 Comments
I wonder what are the chances of them releasing the kernel source?
Perhaps if the community forked over the money for it, e.g. the $100,000 raised for Blender? I’m sure a fair number of *BSD (and Linux) users would be happy to have the code available for inclusion in their operating systems.
This would become much more complicated (and unlikely) if there was substantial amounts of third-party code used in BSD/OS. Anyone know the status of this?
Actually, if you have a license, they also send you the source. Personally, I think this news is good. If anything, BSDi was already very backward compared to other BSDs and Unixes. I’ve been forced to use it for a variety of purposes for the past three years. It has no seperate advantages whatsoever, and has quite some glaring defects I would say. I think developers should concentrate on Linux and FreeBSD.
Too many forks and not enough spoons.
I could see this license been bought up.
Can FreeBSD lead developers get along and continue producing a great product. I can’t see the recent FreeBSD fork really helping .
BSDI was interesting to me because it had a working SBUS fddi adapter code in it. The license prevented anyone from using it in another *BSD.
However, like all things, we have migrated away from FDDI, and therefore, people will migrate away from BSDI.
It won’t be missed. I’ve not even *seen* a BSDI system in at least 4 years. That one was tossed out not long after. WindRiver is justified in pruning dead wood from its product lineup. At least WindRiver is giving up on a hopelessly obsolete product gracefully, unlike another company that will remain un-typed.
the driver source would be a good score from bsdi codebase but afaik lot of that was NDA type stuff…
BSDI was interesting to me because it had a working SBUS fddi adapter code in it. The license prevented anyone from using it in another *BSD
mmm ive never managed to see a sparc running bsd/os i think most people left sunos / solaris on them…
You didn’t seen BSDI because you probably didn’t take a look in here: http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/today/top.avg.html
Proprietary operating systems will have no future if vendor stops its development. OS/2, BeOS and now BSD/OS are lessons to learn.
Windows will be also a victim in the future…
Nothing wrong with Proprietary operating systems MAC OS-X is a Proprietary operating systems your same logic dooms that OS as well. The problem with BSDI is that there are other BSD’s that do it better and with less of a headache.
So, what’s the reasoning behind anyone purchasing BSDI, say, in the past 3 years? Just momentum, or to support an existing base?
Would there have been a reason that someone would have bought this recently? Support for some exotic platform or device? I’m curious…
I was looking through the netcraft listings and noticed that there were listings for sites running freeBSD with frontpage. How does that work?
I found a couple of places that mentioned it was a module compiled into Apache, but they didn’t say much else about it. What is the story behind that?
“Windows will be also a victim in the future…”
How can you compare the faith of relatively small products struggling with their market before dying, and the top #1 OS in the world ? Two words: Pipe Dream.
Just because you’re uninformed doesn’t mean we want to hear what you think.