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Duke of URL: FreeBSD 4.2 Review

Dec 10, 2000, 14:11 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)

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"While the rest of the world has certainly taken notice of Linux -- what about the other free UNIX out there? That's right, I'm talking about *BSD. While Linux specifically went one route, FreeBSD decided to go quite a different one. *BSD also decided to choose a different kind of license over Linux's popular and slightly more restrictive GPL license. Not only does it give users even more freedom than Linux's GPL (GNU Public License), its freedom in licensing has also brought about much attention to *BSD, most notably when Microsoft decided to hop on the bandwagon and start using Kerebros."

"While Microsoft is certainly attacking Linux, it seems to be embracing *BSD -- something Microsoft doesn't often do. Microsoft isn't the only one embracing *BSD, either. Maybe you'll recall a company called Apple using much of *BSD's groundwork to construct their MacOS X? This freedom in licensing allows FreeBSD's assets to be used in many other places, which is one reason why it may be so successful to date."

"On the topic of *BSD, one might hear the big names come up -- OpenBSD, NetBSD, BSD/OS, and my favorite, FreeBSD. Not only does FreeBSD share many of the same qualities of its allied *BSDs, but it also has many advantages as far as abundance of software goes, as well as a rigorous release schedule. This is great for users out there constantly craving the latest, and even for the user looking to have his or her hardware supported -- since hardware support is growing very quickly."

"Today I'll be taking a look at FreeBSD 4.2 -- the recently released version from the FreeBSD Project. What exactly makes FreeBSD so darn good? Let's have a look."

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