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On Sun, Mar 06, 2005 at 01:48:55AM +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> >>>>> "Uva" == Uva Coder <> writes:
> On Fri, 04 Mar 2005 16:16:05 +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull
> <> wrote:
> The Linux kernel, as you know, was a platform for a graduate student's
> research and work-avoidance mode, that happened to be production
> quality from the start.  So people who needed a production kernel
> started using it.  I'm not sure why the BSDs didn't get off the ground
> until after Linux did; I'm sure I booted 386BSD in '93 or earlier, but
> I _had_ to have X for Japanese (there was no kon then).  Why Linux got
> X first I can only speculate, but it had it by '94, while the BSDs
> didn't work as well.

According to Greg Lehey's "The Complete FreeBSD," a great deal of 
BSD being less well-known than Linux was due to the BSD's 
legal battles with AT&T.  Therefore, they lagged behind for awhile.

The BSD's most certainly seem to be getting more and more popular and
FreeBSD is becoming easier to use as a desktop.  (As is Net, actually)

(The "popular" part is totally subjective, and I'm almost certainly
prejudiced as I spend too much time on BSD specific forums, mailing
lists, etc.  Sometimes, since my free time is pretty much spent with
Linux and the BSD's it's a shock to go back to work and have to support
the MS machines.)

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