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March 2000 : Editorial

Back for another issue...
by Joel Sutton <[email protected]>

Another month has gone by and we've, somehow, managed to crank out another issue of The FreeBSD 'zine. Although we haven't got as many articles this month, I hope that you'll still enjoy what we've put together.

We're attempting to cover as many issues as possible, whilst still remaining complimentary to the Daemon News. If we've missed a topic that you'd like to read about, please be sure to drop us line via our feedback form.

The biggest news recently is the Walnut Creek & BSDI merger. A lot of people have asked me if this is going to be a bad thing for FreeBSD, or if this means the end of FreeBSD.

First of all, I'd like to make it clear that this merger will not be the end of FreeBSD. Keep in mind that all of FreeBSD is covered by either the BSD license or the GNU Public license which gives everyone the freedom to keep FreeBSD in its current state, as well as making it into a commercial product. Licensing aside, I have every confidence that the core team will continue to better FreeBSD in every way (as they have been doing since day one).

Secondly, this merger is likely to open up a lot of code sharing opportunities for both operating systems (much like what happened with doscmd). I'm hoping that this new relationship will help overcome problems like the ones holding back our Java Developers Kit development, driver development and ports to other platforms (such as Sparc and UltraSparc).

If you're interested in reading more on the topic of the merge, check out this month's edition of Daemon News, as well as the Daily Daemon News Attic.

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