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ZDNet: BSD to leapfrog Linux?

Nov 29, 2000, 21:06 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Kingman)

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"BSD is likely to rival Linux very soon in total number of users, and the BSD community is primping for center stage. For example, leading online BSD publication DaemonNews will launch a dead trees version on Jan 15 of 2001, while each of the five BSD flavors will make or has already made a major new release within the current 30-day window. Additionally, a first-ever unified BSDCon took place in Monterey, Calif. in Oct. of 2000."

"Much of the excitement revolves around Darwin, "the fifth BSD." Darwin is published by Apple and available for download from PublicSource.Apple.Com under the Apple Public Source License. Darwin underpins MacOS X, and will thus put BSD in many millions of new hands in Q1 of 2001 -- if Apple actually succeeds in meeting that ship date (something veteran Apple observers will probably believe when they see)."

"Darwin is built around a NeXT-like Mach microkernel that is said to be somewhat less microkernel-like than NeXT. It borrows machine-specific code from NetBSD, the version of BSD that focuses on portability and now runs on more than 30 platforms. Going forward, it will track a stable version of FreeBSD, which is the more popular and traditionally x86-only version that claims about a million users worldwide, according to Coleman."

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