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SRO: The Oldest Free OS

Apr 25, 1999, 15:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Yahoo and Walnut Creek CD-ROM, two of the Web's busiest sites, run on FreeBSD."

"Like Linux, the BSD Unix uses an open-source model... Linux is protected by the GNU Public License... you can't modify the source code without releasing the changes to the rest of the world. The Berkeley license... does let you make proprietary changes..."

"BSD/OS has... the best technical support and services. FreeBSD is the most popular of the set and has the most applications that directly support it. NetBSD supports the most platforms, and OpenBSD is the only free operating system that addresses security and encryption issues in detail..."

"Linux, however, beats out all of the BSDs in terms of native device and ISV support. BSD, in response, is embracing Linux programs...

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