Linked by Samuel J. Greear on Sun 31st Oct 2010 19:10 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives The 2.8.2 release of DragonFly BSD is now available, featuring significant advances in multi-processor performance based on DragonFly's signature soft token locks. It also includes many feature advancements including: pf from OpenBSD 4.2, the Wifi stack from FreeBSD and DataMapper from NetBSD (with significant enhancements). This release also marks the return of the GUI image. See the release notes for full details.
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RE: The Crowd
by phoenix on Sun 31st Oct 2010 22:54 UTC in reply to "The Crowd"
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There are 4 major BSD OSes (listed alphabetically):
* DragonflyBSD
* FreeBSD
* NetBSD
* OpenBSD

There are various permutations to each of these OSes (pfSense, FreeNAS, EchoBSD, PC-BSD, etc). However, these tend to build upon one of the 4 BSDs, with specific things added or removed to make it work in particular niche.

The BSDs tend to co-operate a lot and share code around (PF, wifi, and NIC drivers are great examples).

There are also commercial forks of BSD systems. For example, JunOS, used in Juniper routers, is a fork of FreeBSD.

And MacOS X uses a lot of FreeBSD and NetBSD code.

There's also the original commercial BSD/OS, which is no longer available.

So, while there's more than one BSD OS out there, the environment is nowhere near as crowded as the Linux distro environment.

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