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Old 08-23-2003, 08:01 PM   #1
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Linux Vs. BSD

What are some of the main differences of Linux Vs. BSD ? Thanks.

Old 08-23-2003, 08:15 PM   #2
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Their Both UNIX, their both usually free, one has BSD License, and the other is under the GPL.

Linux tends to have more software (Some work on both though, and they do have the Linux Emulation Layer in BSD). Linux has more choice over how a system is put together (Filesystems X setups etc). BSD systems tend to be similar, Linux is almost unique with every user.

Apart from these simple points your on tricky ground, as its a matter of opinion.

I prefer Linux, so do most, but then the most popular is Windows, so thats no guide.

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......... and a link that might be of some use.
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The BSD distros are more secure out of the box. BSD's use unix commands. Alot of the commands are the same in linux and unix. If you are just starting out in unix or linux, start with a linux distro. It will make it easier to move on to a BSD distro later on.
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Actually, the "commands" are the same, because the userland tools are all the same (usually by GNU).

The default shells are usually different though. I believe FreeBSD defaults to CSH, where linux defaults to BASH.

BSD was derived from actual UNIX, where Linux was started as a clone.

They both have real UNIX in them though, as they share code, and much UNIX code was open sourced.

The big difference between BSD and Linux is that one group develops both the kernel AND user tools. FreeBSD develops their own kernel, OpenBSD theirs, etc. Where as a linux distribution generally uses the generic linux kernel, and just modifies the package list, installer, GUI tools, etc.


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