[vcf-midatlantic] The BSDs, was Re: 30 Years of Linux

Dave McGuire 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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