Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 22nd Jan 2006 23:03 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives There are a lot of options in the Free UNIX market at the moment. Everyone's favorite buzzword is Linux, and Sun is in the process of releasing Solaris under a Free Software license. One family, however, receives less attention than it is due. Berkley Software Distribution (BSD) has grown into almost a complete replacement for UNIX, with numerous enhancements. David Chisnall explains why the BSD family has found its way into a large number of systems and what these systems can do for you.
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Pr3st00
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2005-12-02

I do love all BSDs, FreeBSd being my system of choice..

I always wondered what's the main reason why the BSDs don't have the same visibility as Linux.... You always see big companies supporting projects for Linux and not for FreeBSD or his BSDs brothers.

Anyway, I use FreeBSD for anything, it's really great.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

I think the reason for the lack of attention on the *BSDs are mainly due to court trial in the beginning of the 90'es.

It came at the worst possible moment for the *BSDs.

The GNU-society (if one can call it that) was looking high and low for a kernel to their system, and while the *BSDs were hampered by lawyers, Linus Torvalds came up with his kernel. And it took off from there.

He was at the right spot at the right moment, and that's why. When the *BSDs came out of the black era it was too late for that train. However, they're coming nicely along now, and I'm sure it's a matter of time. Cross platform applications is becoming increasingly normal, which makes it feasible to have a more varied OS market.

Linus is quoted for saying he wouldn't have written his kernel, if he had known about 386-BSD. So it's not because the *BSDs are bad. They were just unlucky, so now they have to play catch up in regard to userbase.

But be patient. It will happen.

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kamper Member since:
2005-08-20

The GNU-society (if one can call it that) was looking high and low for a kernel to their system, and while the *BSDs were hampered by lawyers, Linus Torvalds came up with his kernel. And it took off from there.

He was at the right spot at the right moment, and that's why. When the *BSDs came out of the black era it was too late for that train.


Would RMS really have settled for a bsd licensed kernel? I don't think they would have settled on bsd, linux or not. And the bsds weren't looking for a userland like Linus was.

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