Linked by Nathan Mace on Thu 31st Jan 2002 18:45 UTC
FreeBSD By now, anyone who is even remotely related to an IT-type position has heard about Linux, and has most likely used it, if only to see what all the hype is about. However, GNU/Linux is not the only "free" Unix type OS available. FreeBSD and its cousins, NetBSD and OpenBSD are all offshoots of BSD UNIX, a commercial UNIX also known as Berkeley Software Distribution. This article will help you learn more about FreeBSD, its differences from Linux, and it will ease a potential migration process.
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Some Unix History
by Anonymous on Tue 19th Feb 2002 10:46 UTC

For anyone interested in the story of UNIX, I recommend
"A Quarter Century of UNIX" by Peter H. Salus - an excellent book.

BTW (From the Ackonwledgments of that book) "Doug McIlroy told me that he thought spelling UNIX with capital letters, rather than Unix, had been a grave error. I have adopted his suggestion and used Unix in most places."

Damn - now I've done it myself! This *really* isn't the most important point in a discussion about Linux and FreeBSD.

I have used Linux since 0.99 and use it still. However, whilst all the hype (and popularity) have brought benefits they have also brought problems. It's the same thing with the internet - more useful information and things you can do - and more spam and script kiddies.

I used to like Unix for its attitude that things should "do one thing and do it well". The code was written by excellent people.

Now we have KDE written by a bunch of kids who think Windows the best user interface to copy and isdn code written by the "isdn4linux crew". Kewl name. Apologies to both sets of coders.

Anyway, the biggest problem I see for Linux is the existence of all the different distributions. The deliberate incompatibilities and "product differentiation" are a real pain.

Maybe it's time to look at FreeBSD. Hope it can deal with xDSL :-)