From: da...@csrg2.ee.iastate.edu (Jim Davis)
Subject: 386BSD vs Linux: major differences?
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Organization: Iowa State University, Ames IA
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1992 02:17:43 GMT
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"
From: torv...@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Torvalds)
Subject: Re: 386BSD vs Linux: major differences?
Organization: University of Helsinki
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1992 11:50:36 GMT
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.