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O'Reilly Network: So What Is BSDi Up To?

Jun 23, 2000, 21:38 (0 Talkback[s])
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"By now you've probably already heard about the new BSDi, born of the old BSDi and Walnut Creek CDROM, with the recent addition of Telenet Systems. Since the announcement of BSDi's merger with Walnut Creek, there have been questions and concern about the effect on the continuing development of FreeBSD and BSD/OS, and you've most likely already read at least one or two other articles that discuss what this might mean to the future of the BSD community. Will the new BSDi try to bully FreeBSD into doing things its way? Will BSD/OS simply become FreeBSD with some add-ons? Telenet, today, will sell you a system with FreeBSD or BSD/OS installed; what about NetBSD and OpenBSD?"

"If you don't know the answers to these questions already, then today's your lucky day. Last week I spent an hour on the phone with Mark Garver, BSDi's new Group Executive, Marketing and Internet Systems Solutions, to find the answers to the questions above, as well as a few others. Mark is one of several new faces in BSDi's upper management. (If this is the first you've heard about BSDi's new management, go take a look at their press release for details on who these people are and what skills they are bringing to the new BSDi.)"

"For starters, let's clear up the question of the relationship between BSD/OS and FreeBSD. Mark made it clear that the two products are separate and will remain so. They will not be merged into one source tree and/or one distribution. Now that that's cleared up, let's talk about where they will be working together. In general, they will cooperate and share technology where it will benefit both BSD/OS and FreeBSD. This means that in areas where their technology overlaps, we'll see BSD/OS and FreeBSD working together to reduce duplicated effort. There is already one area that they are working on in this regard, a common set of APIs and device driver specs."

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