Linked by Julian Djamil Fagir on Thu 14th Feb 2013 22:23 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives BSD (Berkely System Distribution) was a research operating system based on the original AT&T Unix, developed by the University of Berkeley, California. It has been Open Source right from the beginning, and after the university lost interest in developing it further, several community projects started up (the very first ones were NetBSD and FreeBSD in the early nineties) to continue developing BSD. Anyway, Linux was born roughly at the same time, but a pending lawsuit about copyright infringements prevented the BSD projects to become as successful as Linux (though you could argue about the exact reasons).
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by Al Dente on Wed 20th Feb 2013 00:09 UTC in reply to "BSD"
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It's hard to say. I once read Linus Torvalds saying that if he was aware of the 386BSD project that he wouldn't have started writing the Linux kernel. So all that would be needed to have a BSD parallel universe would be for someone to go back in time and give Mr Torvalds a subscription for Dr. Dobbs Journal. Frankly there is no way to know how things would have turned out. Linux not existing does not mean that BSD would have automatically filled the void. It is very possible that free operating systems would have never been as successful had Linux not been on the scene. Also, without the existence of Linux the outcome of the USL lawsuit may have been different.

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