10 differences between Linux and BSD
Aug 05, 2010, 07:36 (2 Talkback[s])
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"How often do you hear people lumping together Linux and any of
the BSDs? I've done it on occasion, and I hear it all the time. Of
course, there are plenty of similarities between Linux and BSD:
They are both based on UNIX. For the most part, both systems are
developed by noncommercial organizations. And I must say that both
the Linux and BSD variants have one common goal — to create
the most useful, reliable operating system available.
"Still, there are significant differences as well. And when
people overlook them, the whole BSD community shivers with anger.
So I thought I would do my best to help my BSD brethren out and
explain some of the ways Linux differs from BSD.
"Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.
"As we all know, the Linux operating system is licensed under
the GPL. This license is used to help prevent the inclusion of
closed source software and to ensure the availability of the source
code. The GPL attempts to prevent the distribution of binary-only