Big news in het BSD wereldje, want Daemonnews.org meldt dat de codebase van BSD/OS en FreeBSD gemerged zullen worden. Tevens hebben Walnut Creek CDROW en Berkeley Systems Design Inc. bekend gemaakt dat zij zullen fuseren:
There's big news in the BSD community today, as two important mergers are occurring. First, Berkeley Systems Design, Inc., better known as BSDI, and Walnut Creek CDROM, the primary backer of FreeBSD, are merging. The combined company, BSD Inc., will have a strategy of promoting BSD on all levels. This merger, combining the two primary corporate supporters of BSD, will allow the new company to really focus its efforts on the improvement and promotion of BSD.
The other merger is that of the codebases of BSD/OS and FreeBSD. This merger will occur over (hopefully) the next year and result in a single operating system, still named FreeBSD. FreeBSD will remain completely open source and primarily under the BSD license, as it is today. Certain commercial drivers and components of BSD/OS which remain under NDA will be administered by BSD Inc. as add-on components. These components, along with the commercial backing, will be the value-added features separating FreeBSD from BSD/OS, which will continue as a commercial product (with FreeBSD at the core).
But how friendly is the merger? Look no further than the Principal Architect's chair. David Greenman, who has been Principal Architect for FreeBSD since its inception, and Mike Karels, who holds the position's analogue (Chief Systems Architect) at BSDI, will be co-architects for FreeBSD. This will essentially double the architectural leadership for the project.
In addition to the architect position, having the BSDI developers working on FreeBSD should greatly improve response time for creation of new hardware drivers and advanced features. These developers have managed to keep a closed-source BSD competitive with its open source cousins--no mean feat.