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NetBSD Another version of the extremely portable unix-like operating system NetBSD was released today. This release fixes many security issues and bugs. It also includes a good amount of new features. Please read the announcement here.
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RE[4]: Unix-like??
by sorpigal on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 15:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Unix-like??"
sorpigal
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2005-11-02

You're misinformed. BSDs don't contain any AT&T/Bell Labs copyrighted code, but they sure as hell do contain "Unix" code. The only way in which a BSD isn't a Unix is in the sense that it isn't necessarily certified as such and can't call itself UNIX(tm). The BSD guys are very sensitive to the copyright, trademark and certification issues due to the lawsuit. As such it is typical to call BSDs Unix-like, or even to censor the word and say e.g. UN*X when talking about BSD, but that doesn't in fact make BSD not Unix. It's a legal fiction.

One could make the argument that your average Linux distro is more UNIX than any *BSD

I'd love to hear you attempt such an argument.

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RE[5]: Unix-like??
by Phucked on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 21:29 in reply to "RE[4]: Unix-like??"
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2008-09-24

One could make the argument that your average Linux distro is more UNIX than any *BSD

I'd love to hear you attempt such an argument.


Linux has code in it from/given by SGI,IBM,Sun, taken and ported from their "UNIX" systems into Linux kernel and userland. If one says the BSD's are UNIX then Linux is the bastard child of UNIX that takes the best genes and discards the bad.

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RE[6]: Unix-like??
by sorpigal on Wed 24th Nov 2010 14:50 in reply to "RE[5]: Unix-like??"
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2005-11-02

Linux has code in it from/given by SGI,IBM,Sun, taken and ported from their "UNIX" systems into Linux kernel and userland.

This is a rather bold statement. The userland part I will disregard, because it's unimportant even if true, but the kernel part is interesting. Do you think AT&T copyrighted code somehow made it in to Linux via contributions by SGI, IBM or Sun? I would be extremely shocked to learn that this was the case. Cite 'em if you've got 'em.

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