Transfer of FreeBSD Mall
rab at www.freebsdmall.com
Tue Jan 15 01:17:18 PST 2002
Wind River announced today that they are transfering their FreeBSD
operations to FreeBSD Mall, Inc., the successor organization to
Walnut Creek CDROM. An HTMLized version of the press release is
available at http://www.freebsdmall.com/cgi-bin/fm/pr.html
Wind River Announces Transfer of FreeBSD Sponsorship
to FreeBSD Mall, Inc.
Sponsorship of Open Source Effort Returns To Roots
ALAMEDA, Calif., January 14, 2002 - Wind River Systems, Inc.
(Nasdaq:WIND), 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
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.
"The FreeBSD community will be well served by this transaction,"
said Larry Macfarlane, senior director of Wind River's Application
Platforms product division. "When we decided to divest the FreeBSD
business, we looked for a successor organization that could meet
high standards of customer service and maintain a mutually
beneficial relationship with the FreeBSD community. After carefully
evaluating many interested organizations, we decided that the best
way to ensure the continuity and vitality of FreeBSD was to return it
to its roots."
Bob Bruce enthusiastically welcomes FreeBSD back home, and
commented, "As we go forward, we will be able to build on strong
relationships and friendships. We have all worked together
before. FreeBSD has a promising future, and I am committed to
helping it reach its full potential."
Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of the open source FreeBSD Project also
endorses the change. "I'm happy to see that the FreeBSD Mall will
be continuing without interruption" said Hubbard. "Through this
transfer, FreeBSD will be back under the direction of the same people
who started and know the FreeBSD CD product line perhaps better than
anyone." Jordan Hubbard is an engineering manager at Apple, where he
helps develop the highly acclaimed Mac OS X, and works on the open
source Darwin Project. Both Mac OS X and Darwin are based on FreeBSD.
FreeBSD Mall plans to aggressively promote and market FreeBSD. In
addition to providing the standard FreeBSD distribution on CDROM, they
will continue to offer a subscription service, snapshots of the current
development branch, and published hardcopy editions of the FreeBSD
Handbook. They will also offer several levels of professional support
and services for FreeBSD. FreeBSD Mall has placed FreeBSD products in
many mainstream retail stores, including Best Buy, CompUSA, Borders
Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com. In the near future, they plan
to expand their retail presence, especially in Europe and Asia.
Current support obligations and software subscriptions at Wind
River will be transferred to FreeBSD Mall in this transaction. All
current Wind River employees working with FreeBSD will be employed
by FreeBSD Mall.
Wind River will continue to develop and support BSD/OS, a
professionally engineered and supported BSD operating system widely
used in embedded systems. A major upgrade of BSD/OS that will focus
on meeting the needs of networked embedded devices is scheduled for
release later this year. Wind River will also continue to support
the BSD open source community, and plans to cooperate with the
FreeBSD Mall and other BSD organizations to help promote wide
adoption of BSD technology.
The transaction is expected to close at the end of January.
About Wind River: Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND) is a
leading provider of embedded software and services for connected
devices in the Internet age. Wind River provides software
development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced
connectivity solutions for use in products throughout the Internet,
telecommunications and data communications, networking, consumer,
automotive, industrial measurement and control (IMC), and
aerospace/defense markets. Founded in 1983, Wind River is
headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide.
About FreeBSD Mall: FreeBSD Mall Inc. is a publisher and distributor
of FreeBSD software, and a provider of FreeBSD services and support.
Founded in 1991, FreeBSD Mall is located in Concord, California.
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Wind River Systems and the Wind River Systems logo are registered
trademarks; BSD/OS and How Smart Things Think are trademarks of Wind
River Systems, Inc. All other names mentioned are trademarks,
registered trademarks or service marks of their respective
CONTACT: Jim Barillo
jim.barillo at windriver.com
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