freebsd is really bsd?
linuxisone at gmail.com
Tue Dec 13 16:53:33 UTC 2011
On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 10:30 AM, Matthew Seaman
<m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk> wrote:
> Yes, it is really BSD: it is the direct lineal descendant of Unix code
> released by the University of California, Berkeley. The beginnings of
> the FreeBSD project were based on the 386BSD code that ultimately came
> out of BSD 4.3 and 4.4. See here, for instance:
> "Free" in the sense of "available to use in any way the user may see fit
> and without onerous licensing terms or fees" -- that's implicit in the
> BSD part of the name[*]. Still, no harm in repeating ourselves.
> Besides, it was necessary to distinguish this project from NetBSD and
> later OpenBSD (plus various other more recent BSD variants).
> [*] Although you can still be BSD, even under commercial licensing terms
> and closed source, but in that case, the name tends not to contain those
> letters. eg. SunOS (before v5), NeXTSTEP, MacOS X.
Oh I see. Thanks for the explanation.
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