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NewsForge: LinuxWorld: Wasabi and the NetBSD Foundation

Feb 03, 2001, 15:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Wasabi Systems Inc. is a new commercial undertaking that sprung from the NetBSD core group of developers. Following the now-traditional Open Source business model, the company hopes to turn a profit by offering support and customization options for clients. But because Wasabi and the NetBSD Foundation are sharing a booth at Linux World, does that mean the commercial entity is getting a little too cozy with the .org group for the Open Source community's comfort?"

"NetBSD, one of just four flavors of the BSD operating system, runs on 32 platforms, including Atari, Amiga, and Mac68k. As the operating system has evolved, installing it gets easier and easier, according to Luke Mewburn, a senior developer for Wasabi Systems. And the newest version of NetBSD, 1.5, is highly compatible with Linux and will run most applications created for Linux."

"The release also features hot-pluggable keyboards and mice, detachable PCMCIA support, USB, and wireless networking. That, coupled with code portability and what some say are more attractive licensing terms (BSD's Berkeley vs. the GNU General Public License), make NetBSD more and more attractive to businesses -- at least that's what Wasabi Systems is hoping. Some of the core group from NetBSD decided to start Wasabi Systems back in mid-2000."

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