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PC-BSD preinstalled workstations to come

Having acquired PC-BSD Software in October 2006, the enterprise-class hardware solution provider iXsystems has now announced the Apollo, a workstation featuring the preinstalled PC-BSD OS.

This new offer reminds me of Zareason, who offers a broad range of hardware with any flavor of Ubuntu GNU/Linux preinstalled: desktops, laptops and servers. I did purchased a workstation from Zareason in Autumn 2008 and found it to run smoothly.

PC-BSD has already been mentionned on this blog. Capitalising on the KDE desctop environment, it is probably one of the most user-friendly UNIXes after Apple Inc. OSX. PD-BSD relies upon Free-BSD, but it also uses its own package management system (PBI) to install applications. There is already quite a broad choice and the list keeps getting longer.

It is nice to see it an OS as promising as PC-BSD running on fully supported hardware.

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Oracle should commit to endorsing a ‘NIX OS

Matt Asay of CNET.com wrote an interesting article exploring the common history of Oracle Corporation and Red Hat Linux, and the possibility of Oracle to focuse on Ubuntu Linux in order to break away from Red Hat. Asay’s conclusion makes a lot of sense, because Canonical’s Debian-based Ubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution with the best popularity and the biggest adoption rate at the moment. The only problem though is that Canonical is not for sale.

In April 2009, Oracle commited to acquiring SUN Microsystems, who introduced the Solaris OS. I mentionned earlier on this forum about Nexenta, an operating system based on Ubuntu code and the Solaris kernel. With this choice, Oracle would still be able to capitalize on the extensive Debian and Ubuntu repositories.

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New ‘NIX desktop distribution on the radar

UNIX Berkeley Software Distributions like PC-BSD were created to make the FreeBSD accessible to the layman. Both PC-BSD and FreeBSD use the ZFS file system designed by Sun Microsystems for the Solaris operating system.

Another ZFS-based operating system has just been released: StormOS beta, based on Nexenta, a combination of the OpenSolaris Kernel and Debian code. Unlike PC-BSD, which needs its own installation sources, Nexenta and StormOS can install and run Debian applications.

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