When it comes to new features in an open source operating system, sometimes features are developed by community developers and other times they are contributed by commercial vendors. The recent FreeBSD 8.0 operating system release benefited from both types of contributions.
“Juniper has been a longtime supporter of openness in all its forms, open standards in networking, open APIs in our products, and certainly open source software that serves a greater good,”
Mike Bushong, Director of Product Management, Junos Software at Juniper Networks told InternetNews.com.
“Contributing work back to FreeBSD was just one way we could give a little something back to the community that has served us so well for more than 10 years.”
Juniper’s involvement with FreeBSD, goes deeper than just MIPS, as Juniper’s core JUNOS operating system has its roots in FreeBSD. JUNOS is used in nearly every Juniper networking product and is now also being licensed to third party vendors and is also part of the Juniper OEM gear that is sold by Dell and IBM.
Though Juniper does not directly ship FreeBSD in its commercial products today, according to Bushong, Junos continues to benefit from its roots in FreeBSD. Juniper has been updating its Junos operating system every 90 days since the operating system was first released in 1998.
“Today, we still use FreeBSD as our base operating system, Bushong said. “FreeBSD has proven to be quite flexible in supporting vendor innovation, and its proven track record of reliability, performance, and scalability is paramount in the networking world.”
Juniper’s connection to FreeBSD isn’t limited to historical connections either and goes beyond its Junos roots.
“Juniper maintains a strong relationship with the FreeBSD committer community, sponsoring various projects within FreeBSD that will ultimately serve the entire user base, “
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