Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 09:53 UTC, submitted by irbis
FreeBSD Why was it not FreeBSD but Linux that became the most popular open source Unix-like operating system? Richard Hillesley traces the history of FreeBSD and examines how FreeBSD, and Linux, their different cultures and preferred licenses affected the open source world. "The BSD hackers have an aphorism that speaks some truths, which says: 'BSD is what you get when a bunch of Unix hackers sit down to try to port a Unix system to the PC. Linux is what you get when a bunch of PC hackers sit down and try to write a Unix system for the PC.' This aphorism speaks of a difference in the cultures that is greater than the words contained within it."
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by JMcCarthy on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 19:54 UTC
JMcCarthy
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2005-08-12

How can BSD still be accurately described as a genetic UNIX? Wasn't all the original code from AT&T removed prior to or after the lawsuit?

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RE: Name only
by demetrioussharpe on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 10:01 in reply to "Name only"
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2009-01-09

True, but I wonder how much BSD code was removed from AT&T's Unix codebase. Don't forget that UC Berkley was one of many universities that had Unix & were modifying & contributing code back to AT&T. So, there was definitely BSD DNA in the official code tree.

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