Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Overview of FreeBSD

Date and Time

Wednesday, October 20, 1999 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


MIT Building 3-133


Robert A. Getschmann - rob getschmann org


An open-source UNIX system based on the original AT&T code


Robert A. Getschmann talks about the various BSD operating systems, with an emphasis on FreeBSD, and demonstrates FreeBSD running on his Toshiba 335CDT notebook computer. His talk will include a brief history of BSD, BSD vs GPL licenses, and a detailed discussion of the status, goals, and philosophies of each of the free BSDs: FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD. The early nineties saw the maturity of UNIX as an operating system in the commercial world. At this time the Computer Research Group at Berkeley ceased further research on the BSD UNIX project. An attempt to freely release the source code for the Berkeley based UNIX sparked a lawsuit brought on by UNIX Systems Laboratories (a subsidiary of AT&T) for alleged distribution of AT&T source code and violation of license agreements with the University of California at Berkeley. The case was settled out of court, one of the consequences being that freely available variants of BSD would be based upon the 4.4BSD Lite code base. The NetBSD and FreeBSD operating systems evolved from the 4.4BSD base.

Meeting Notes


  1. OpenBSD Project
  2. FreeBSD Mall
  3. FreeBSDCon '99
  4. NetBSD Project
  5. FreeBSD Mobile Computing
  6. Marshall Kirk McKusick's Homepage
  7. Meeting notes
  8. FreeBSD Project
  9. FreeBSD Diary
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