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ZDNet: BSD sleight of hand

Apr 05, 2000, 01:10 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephan Somogyi)

"In the trendy, steak-tartare-in-the-piranha-tank frenzy surrounding all things Linux, the merger of two firms -- Berkeley Software Design Inc. (BSDI) and Walnut Creek CDROM -- to create a new BSDI has gone comparatively unnoticed."

"One reason the BSDs have comparatively little mind share is because there are several different camps of them -- most notably FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD -- living with an occasionally uneasy truce. While I'm all for diversity in ecosystems, this trifurcation isn't helpful. Another side effect of this lack of cohesion is the effort spent on explaining why one BSD is better/worse than another."

"Luckily, it has not gone completely unnoticed that some of the Web's largest sites run FreeBSD instead of other OSes. When companies like Yahoo! and Microsoft Hotmail proclaim their FreeBSD allegiance publicly, it's worth paying attention. In fact, Yahoo!'s David Filo says he'd use FreeBSD again if he had it all to do over. Other firms such as Intel and IBM (having bought Whistle) are using FreeBSD in various Internet devices."

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