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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Not always Open Source
by softdrat on Fri 15th Feb 2013 21:52 UTC
softdrat
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2008-09-17

"It has been Open Source right from the beginning ..."

On a historical note, early on it was not Open Source, at least as we use the term now. BSD was based on and included portions of AT&T UNIX source code, and one needed an AT&T source code license in order to get a copy. Aside from that restriction, it was, indeed, freely available to anyone (and in fact, that was a condition of the AT&T license in the first place - six years before the GPL!)

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RE: Not always Open Source
by phoenix on Fri 15th Feb 2013 22:50 in reply to "Not always Open Source"
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2005-07-11

And AT&T gave you the source on tape, as they were not allowed to sell binaries.

IOW, it was OSS from the beginning, but not "Free Software".

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