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Is BSD the tortoise?

"I have to wonder whether all the leaps that Linux has made in recent history will wind up being compared against the slow, steady progress of the BSDs. The BSD-based OSes all look to be doing better and better at the moment, even without Linux's marketing fury behind them."

A roundtable on BSD, security, and quality

Theo deRaadt, Todd Miller, Angelos Keromytis, and Werner Losh, discuss several topics, including the evolving distinction between Linux and BSD and the notion that reliability and security are achieved through simplicity.

Paul Anderson, the BSD/OS product manager

As a small company, Anderson said, BSDi's engineers handled the security aspects of the software, but as the company became bigger, it often became assumed that someone else did it. Nevertheless, the security tradition continues: "In general, what we ship with our products contain the newest security patches."

BSD community learns to get along

Thanks to the imminent arrival of MacOS X, the next generation of Apple's Macintosh operating system that incorporates substantial portions of the BSD code base, self-described "BSD bigots" are contemplating a future in which more computers users run versions of BSD than rival Linux.

BSD community learns to get along

Thanks to the imminent arrival of MacOS X, the next generation of Apple's Macintosh operating system that incorporates substantial portions of the BSD code base, self-described "BSD bigots" are contemplating a future in which more computers users run versions of BSD than rival Linux.

Beyond Windows and Linux: Discovering the BSDs

The BSDs have been around for a long time - longer than Linux. But they have received much less attention than Linux in the press because they have fewer noisy supporters. Nevertheless, they continue to thrive, because of their similarities to, and differences from, Linux.

Linux compatibility, the hard way

It's always irritated me to have two Linux installs on my system, however: one under /linux, and one under /usr/compat/linux. It seems it would be possible to run programs in Linux mode using the existing Linux partition, rather than installing linux_base.

Esoteric commands (part two)

This article continues with more explanations of some esoteric commands that are often installed by default (in the base install) by different BSD flavours.

Esoteric BSD commands

The miscellaneous utilities on BSD-type machines range from "[" (yes that's a command) and ac to znew and zzz with strange names such as zic, atactl, vgrind, chrtbl, usbhidctl, lookbib, crunchide, hpftodit and fsirand. This article briefly explores a few uncommonly-used commands.

BSDi receives $5 Million investment

BSDi will use the proceeds from the investment to continue to develop and market advanced BSD operating systems and its iXtreme Series line of Internet servers

computing systems and to provide ongoing backing for the FreeBSD Project, the developers of the FreeBSD open source operating system.