Zero Copy, FreeBSD and Linus Torvalds opinion

Allen slackwarewolf at
Mon May 1 14:22:17 UTC 2006

On Monday 01 May 2006 9:47 am, Lucas Holt wrote:
> On May 1, 2006, at 9:23 AM, Maslan wrote:
> > That's right, but sunos (earlier than solaris) was based on bsd.
> > www :
> Sun OS is how I got into BSD.  My first sparc had sunos 4.21 on it.
> It was definitely BSD.  It makes sense considering Bill Joy co-
> founded sun.  I ended up putting NetBSD on that sparc and later found
> FreeBSD.

That's what I meant. I knew Bill Joy was the man who helped found it, and 
McKusick was actually offered a job there too as a single digit employee. 
This is actually in the DVD I recommended "20 Years of Berkeley UNIX" as 
Marshal is the man who does the speech in the movie.

That's where I learned about SunOS being BSD. He said it was ;) Well, not 
exactly he said the idea behind Sun was "Dude we are going to sell BSD on 
these computers come join us".

By the way if anyone here doesn't have this DVD I really say go get it. It's 
got some good stuff in there and even a bit on the history of Multi user OSs.


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