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New BSD releases won’t win over enterprises, analyst suggests

03 May 2011

Two new builds of the open source Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) operating system have been launched, but analysts suggest that enterprises are still wedded to other operating systems.

OpenBSD 4.9 has improved network stack support, AES-GCM support for IPsec, automatic send and receive buffer scaling for TCP and software from Mozilla, Lynx and Perl.

DragonFlyBSD 2.1, released at the end of last week, is a more major upgrade, adding support for multiprocessor systems and more hardware acceleration, data deduplication on hammer volumes and upgraded overall software performance.

The new builds will be welvomed by the open source community, but are unlikely to win over many new enterprise customers, Al Gillen, programme vice president for system software at IDC, told

"As a general rule, Unix adoption has been on a downward trajectory, with all the commercial flavours experiencing significant contractions over the last few years," he said.

"While OpenBSD is not as likely to be impacted as, say, Oracle, the general trend towards Linux as the preferred x86 ‘Unix-like' operating system is a trend that is hard to compete with. As for open source adoption by enterprises, that is really being driven by Linux as well as other layers of open source software."

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Iain Thomson

Iain Thomson is the US editor of based in San Francisco. Iain has been a part of the team since 2002 and was previously technical editor of PC Magazine, reviews editor of PC Advisor and editor of Aviation Informatics. He also appears as an occasional commentator on BBC television and radio, ITV and Bloomberg.



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