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Re: GhostBSD: A Solid Linux-Like Open Source Alternative
Posted by: Jack M. Germain 2019-02-21 11:56:07
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The subject of this week's Linux Picks and Pans is a representative of a less well-known computing platform that coexists with Linux as an open source operating system. If you thought that the Linux kernel was the only open source engine for a free OS, think again. The Berkeley Software Distribution, or BSD, shares many of the same features that make Linux OSes viable alternatives to proprietary computing platforms. GhostBSD is a user-friendly Linux-like desktop operating system based on TrueOS, which is based on FreeBSD's development branch.


Re: GhostBSD: A Solid Linux-Like Open Source Alternative
Posted by: jmdennis 2019-02-25 19:10:32 In reply to: Jack M. Germain
I have had problems off and one with installing Project Trident. I do like GhostBSD though. This one had a problem with having to remove pkg dhcpcd to get networking working properly. It also works better after doing all the updates. I know that for me I would have firefox crash numerous times but would be fine after all the updates. The one thing I like is being able to change the menu around by picking things like they call windowy and changes it to the brisk menu. I have been testing many different items lately so not using this at the moment but he is working on a newer version based on FreeBSD 13 so will try that once released.

Re: GhostBSD: A Solid Linux-Like Open Source Alternative
Posted by: georgeogoodman 2019-02-21 12:03:21 In reply to: Jack M. Germain
I encourage the author of this piece to spend some time to look into what how the Berkeley Software Distribution actually began, the influence it had throughout the 1980s/90s/2000s. The history/origin as presented in this article is really quite wrong.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Software_Distribution
...and, for example, from the Wiki article: "BSD was initially called Berkeley Unix because it was based on the source code of the original Unix developed at Bell Labs. In the 1980s, BSD was widely adopted by workstation vendors in the form of proprietary Unix variants such as DEC Ultrix and Sun Microsystems SunOS due to its permissive licensing and familiarity to many technology company founders and engineers."

Also, only a relatively small hardware compatibility layer was written in Assembly language in Bell Labs' Unix implementation with virtually the entire operating system and all the many tools were written in the C Language...which was also created at Bell Labs.

Re: GhostBSD: A Solid Linux-Like Open Source Alternative
Posted by: jackmgerm 2019-02-21 19:48:45 In reply to: georgeogoodman
Thank you for your suggestion. To clarify, the focus of this article was to present a review of GhostBSD as an example of an open source BSD distro and discuss how open source BSD today compares to modern open-source Linux distributions.

Quibbling about how the original closed source Berkeley Software Distribution actually began and the influence it had throughout the 1980s/90s/2000s and which sources are more accurate all miss the point at hand. I heavily researched from various BSD distro developers' websites and BSD organizations. Are they all wrong?

Re: GhostBSD: A Solid Linux-Like Open Source Alternative
Posted by: mrojasaquino 2019-03-14 17:31:07 In reply to: jackmgerm
Some references :

* http://www.unix.org/what_is_unix/history_timeline.html
* https://aboutthebsds.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/history-of-bsd/
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Software_Distribution
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Software_Distribution#/media/File:Unix_history-simple.svg

So, in this context, we must say that BSD is a "Unix like operating system", instead of a "Linux like ..."
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