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Boston Globe: FreeBSD, 'the other Linux,' takes a different approach to free software

Aug 30, 1999, 02:48 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)

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"There are a fair number of visitors to the show who recognize the cheerful demon logo and what it stands for. Hubbard's company, FreeBSD Inc., has a strong reputation among people in the know. Still, most of the glory and glamor of LinuxWorld pass him by.

"Without bitterness, Hubbard concedes the obvious. "We lost the PR war."

"Like Linux, FreeBSD is an operating system modeled after Unix... As the name implies, FreeBSD can be gotten for free, by download over the Internet, just like Linux. And as with Linux, the source code... is available..."

"... times are good for FreeBSD. The success of Linux is attracting a steady flow of new users. Hubbard says FreeBSD is content to be a follower, while Linux breaks the trail for free software."

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