[Techtalk] Linux and *BSD
rasjidw at openminddev.net
Wed Oct 1 00:31:51 EST 2003
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I've often wondered why the *BSD's (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD) seem less
popular (and are certainly less well known) than Linux. Couldn't think of
somewhere to post the question without risking starting a flame war, but this
seems like a safe enough place. :-)
There seem to be a number of potential reasons I can think of:
a) timing - If I've read the history right, Linux started in 1991, and the
*BSD's a year or two (or three) later. Perhaps is it just because Linux got
a head start.
b) license - those in favour in GPL style free software might favour Linux
over the *BSD's.
Really, I'm just curious about this, and I'd be interested to hear what others
think or, even better, know.
Also, I have been meaning to have a look at one of the *BSD's for a long time.
Several sources suggest that FreeBSD is probably the easiest to install and
use. Any suggestions or hints on this?
Canberra, Australia (UTC +10 hrs)
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