"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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