We’re pleased to announce that June 19 has been declared FreeBSD Day. Join us in honoring The FreeBSD Project’s pioneering legacy and continuing impact on technology.
Why today? Well, 25 years ago to the day, the name FreeBSD was chosen as the name for the project. FreeBSD formed the base of all kinds of operating systems we use every day today – like macOS and iOS and the operating systems on the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 3, 4, and Vita – and FreeBSD code can be found in the unlikeliest of places, such as Haiku, which uses FreeBSD network drivers, and even Windows, which, although information is sparse, seemed to at one point use FreeBSD code for command-line networking utilities like ftp, nslookup, rcp, and rsh.
I have found it quite odd for some time that more companies did not jump on the BSD bandwagon since it does not come with the commercially restrictive GPL license.
It is a shame for FreeBSD as this has meant that projects and drivers have always taken a back seat to Linux and mostly feel broken in usage ( aka desktop utilities often misbehave under BSD ) and is far less smooth in usability then Linux… Yet the OS itself has been amazing and has introduced technologies that other OS’s have run with.