FreeBSD Essay.

Jud judmarc at
Wed Nov 12 13:41:50 PST 2003

On Wed, 12 Nov 2003 21:41:40 +0100, "Alex de Kruijff"
<freebsd at> said:
> On Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:01:36PM +0000, Lewis Thompson wrote:
> > Hey guys,
> > 
> > I'm a first year CS student at Manchester and I've been given the task
> > of writing a 1,000 word essay on something computer-related.  It can be
> > pretty much anything I want (I think).  I've decided FreeBSD is
> > interesting, the OS I advocate and that I shall write about this.
> > 
> >   I am planning to write a brief history of the four BSDs, going way
> > back in time (probably a few words on Ritchie, etc.) but then
> > concentrate on FreeBSD.
> My advise would be to pick one subject and stick with that. Don't go
> into the history in general if you for something detailed about FreeBSD
> and if you go for the hirstory don't write about something detailed.
> You'll proberbly find that you have lots to write about.
> I have two subjects you may like:
> 1. The history starting from 1978 until now. Perhaps something about the
> feutere of BSD (dead), BSDi (could be dead), FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.
> 2. FreeBSD 5 (History of FreeBSD 5, feutes, compersent betwain 4 and 5
> and 5 and linux. If you have space over one detailed subject.)
> The history in it self should be larg enove and intersating on its own.
> You could start with the outcomming of Unix and go on to the univeristy
> of Berkley. Then go to the outcomming of FreeBSD, NetBSD and BSDi.
> Followed by the lawsute betain Unix and BSDi & BSD. Then OpenBSD came
> out in 1995. Recently Apple followed with Darwin (based on NetBSD and
> FreeBSD). As altenative there are two CD versions (NetBox and FreeBIE)
> and a small version (PicoBSD) wich are based on FreeBSD. Ending with a
> compersent betwain all versions.
> >   I'm really asking if anybody can suggest any particularly interesting
> > topics that I can go away and research and then include in my essay.  I
> > guess since it's only a short essay I can't have /too/ much detail and I
> > didn't particularly want to try and explain something /very/ complicated
> > (although please suggest just the same ;).
> Another subject would be the outcomming of FreeBSD 5. If you go this way
> skip the general history!! Only go for the relevent history for this
> version. Then coninue on the new and cool feutures of FreeBSD 5. Maybe
> talk about one or two in more detail. And a compersent betwain FreeBSD 4
> and 5.

For something sufficiently technical as well as a bit controversial, what
about comparing/contrasting the two roads from version 4 of FreeBSD -
version 5 vs. DragonflyBSD?


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