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Aug 30, 1999, 16:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"FreeBSD has its roots way back to 1977 when UC Berkeley sought to create the world's first Free Unix system. Back then Unix was so expensive that unless you were willing to shell out thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars you would be stuck with a huge paperweight. So began BSD, the Berkeley Software Distribution of Unix. Throughout the 1970's and early 80's BSD brought about a lot of important enhancements to UNIX including TCP/IP, Process Management, and a lot of things most UNIX people take for granted. BSD advanced UNIX in more ways than any other flavor of UNIX ever did."

"In the 1980's a new phenomenon was sweeping the nation, the world's first real protected mode processor from Intel called the 386. What this meant was that an affordable machine was capable of real time multi processing, which is pretty much what Unix needs. This lead to 386BSD, the world's first Intel based UNIX and it would be free. In the early 1990's AT&T, the original developer of UNIX, bought BSD from Berkeley and sued everyone using the Net/2 code, the TCP/IP stack used by BSD at the time. This lawsuit dragged out for years and almost destroyed BSD forever, but BSD survived."

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