[vcf-midatlantic] The BSDs, was Re: 30 Years of Linux
mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Aug 26 01:33:28 UTC 2021
On 8/25/21 9:12 PM, Neil Cherry via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> I was
> thinking PC BSD (?), NetBSD and another that I think became FreeBSD.
> There was a hot law suite about BSD at the time that allowed Linux to
> get all the attention because it wasn't tied up in court.
You're probably thinking of 386BSD, by Bill and Lynne Jolitz. It was
initially based on the 4.3BSD Net/2 release.
Out of that grew NetBSD and FreeBSD, with the former focused on
multi-platform portability and the latter being very PC-centric. During
the course of their development, both were re-based onto 4.4BSD-Lite.
Not long after, a childish spat between some of the more headstrong
core NetBSD developers resulted in one of them taking his toys and
stomping off in a huff, forming OpenBSD. The tagline there was that
they were focused on security, but for years all that meant was
everything was commented out in the as-shipped inetd.conf.
While there were other forks here and there, those three remain to
carry the BSD legacy.
There was also BSD/386, a commercial variant by BSDi which was based
in part on the Jolitz' original 386BSD work.
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA
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