Its official now: [[http://joyent.com|Joyent]] has acquired [[http://textdrive.com|Textdrive]]. Here is Dean’s [[http://forum.textdrive.com/viewtopic.php?id=7497|report on the forums]] and [[http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/11-28-2005/0004223577|the official press release]]. I say official now because I found out about it sometime last night. :-)
The big question that everyone is asking of course, is what happens to Textdrive now. The whole “merger vs. acquisition” thing has got a lot of people worried, and rightly so — because as Textdrive customers they have a right to know whats going on, why and what the impact is going to be. That said, atleast I’m fairly confident that there is not much to worry about really.
As Dean already points out in his post, nothing is going to change about Textdrive. The plans have become better, and will continue to evolve with the changing needs. I think Textdrive has already carved out a niche for itself as a cutting edge web hosting company which has a strong passion and commitment towards a variety of open source projects, notably WordPress and Rails. However, as Textdrive has been expanding the last few months, several people have remarked that the Textdrive staff always seems overworked (because they are) or support needs to improve (because it does) or Textdrive needs to deliver on Textpanel and Anemone (because it does).
Mind you, none of this is dissatisfaction, in the sense of “these people are not doing what they are supposed to be doing”. Rather, its //expectation// of the form that “these people are doing such a great job with these other things, I can’t wait to see what Textpanel and Anemone” look like. There’s excitement, which is why sometimes people get impatient.
On the other hand, Joyent seems to have a good handle on the software side of things. They are in the business of delivering tightly integrated, //packaged// solutions — vertical integration through the stack. Take the Google Search Appliance and generalize it to targeted, focused webservices — something along those lines. In Textdrive, Joyent gets a much needed hardware expertise. And in Joyent, Textdrive gets a much needed application development and management support.
So take it easy folks. Its neither Textent nor Joydrive — its simply Joyent + Textdrive (or Joy with Textdrive, or Drive with Joyent if you prefer) :-)