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BSD Today: Sponsorship of FreeBSD to return to its roots

Jan 15, 2002, 12:03 (3 Talkback[s])
"Wind River Systems, Inc., a leading provider of software and services for connected devices, today announced a definitive agreement to transfer its FreeBSD operations to FreeBSD Mall, Inc. FreeBSD is an advanced open source UNIX operating system, derived from BSD UNIX and developed at the University of California. Well known for its performance and reliability, FreeBSD technology is widely used as a server operating system by many large Internet sites including Yahoo!, Hotmail, Sony Japan, Apache, Pair Networks, and Whistle Communications. Like Linux, the source code for FreeBSD is freely available.

Wind River assumed stewardship for the FreeBSD open source project in May 2001 when it acquired assets of Berkeley Software Design, Inc. (BSDi), the former sponsor of FreeBSD. In addition to the FreeBSD sponsorship, Wind River acquired the proprietary BSD UNIX-based OS (BSD/OS). Wind River's interest in the BSDi assets continues to focus on BSD/OS. Divesting the FreeBSD business further sharpens that focus and provides continuity and increased support for FreeBSD.

FreeBSD Mall Inc. is led by its founder, Bob Bruce. Bruce's involvement with FreeBSD dates back to 1993 when his former company, Walnut Creek CDROM, was the first and primary distributor of FreeBSD."

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