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From: da...@csrg2.ee.iastate.edu (Jim Davis)
Subject: 386BSD vs Linux: major differences?
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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1992 02:17:43 GMT
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Although I use UNIX at work everyday, I am interested in tinkering with
UNIX at home.  It seems like 386BSD or Linux would fit my modest needs.
I have been reading comp.unix.bsd and comp.os.linux for about a month; 
both groups seem to be very active and doing an excellent job of 
porting software and providing support to users.  But I have wondered
why there are two efforts to provide a free UNIX...is it just coincidence
that two groups developed a distribution at about the same time?  or did
they have different goals?  or is this a BSD vs. System-V thing?
Without starting a flame war or anything like that, I would appreciate
hearing about the major differences between BSD and Linux.

"thanks in advance"

Jim Davis
da...@iastate.edu

Newsgroups: comp.unix.bsd
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From: torv...@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Torvalds)
Subject: Re: 386BSD vs Linux: major differences?
Message-ID: <1992Dec20.115036.7197@klaava.Helsinki.FI>
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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1992 11:50:36 GMT
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In article <davis.724817863@csrg2> da...@csrg2.ee.iastate.edu (Jim Davis) writes:
>						But I have wondered
>why there are two efforts to provide a free UNIX...is it just coincidence
>that two groups developed a distribution at about the same time?  or did
>they have different goals?  or is this a BSD vs. System-V thing?

It's just coincidence: I knew about 386bsd through DDJ, but it obviously
wasn't ready when I would have wanted it, so I just started on my own. 
If 386bsd had been ready one year earlier, I'd probably not have started
on linux at all, but used bsd instead - although I'm very happy with how
it all turned out. 

As to bsd vs sysv - no, nothing like that.  Linux isn't exactly sysv,
but has a lot of features from both camps, and looks a bit more like
sysv simply because POSIX generally leans in that direction. 

			Linus

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