Ubuntu and BSD Merge to Form UbuntuBSD

UbuntuBSD tagged, ‘Unix for human beings’ after the order of Ubuntu’s own tagline ‘Linux for human beings’ has the aim to make Unix easily accessible and usable to beginners all over the world and they have actually been doing so consistently for the last 11 years.

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For some of our readers who may not know what BSD is and how it is different from Linux, it’s your lucky day.

A long time ago in 1970, before the existence of Linux, AT&T was the development site in which Ken Thompson, Denis Ricthie and their team designed the closed source, proprietary Unix OS. However, they licensed Unix to third party (academic and commercial) vendors.

The University of California at Berkeley is one of such academic vendor and they developed a Unix-based Operating System called BSD, which stands for Berkeley Software Distribution. BSD has a handful of open source derivations and one of the most popular is FreeBSD. Another is Apple’s Mac OS X and many people don’t know that.

Moving on, in 1991, Finnish Linus Torvalds, a computer science student at the time developed his own Unix clone from scratch and this is what is known today as the Linux Kernel. Various Linux distributions add GNU C/C++ Compilers, custom GUI systems, installation and management tools, GNU utilities like cp, mv, date, bash, ls etc and various other applications onto the Linux kernel.

Now that you know the difference between Unix, Linux and FreeBSD, remember that UbuntuBSD is not the first of its kind. The Debian GNU/kFreeBSD OS is a port of Debian that runs on the FreeBSD and was available for several years before it. Another OS, PacBSD (formerly known as ArchBSD) also runs on FreeBSD kernel and was available before UbuntuBSD.

Ubuntu has seen a similar implementation on top the FreeBSD kernel and its first beta release codenamed “Escape from SystemD” is out and it is based on Ubuntu 15.10 and FreeBSD kernel 10.1. Supporting ZFS, it is designed for both desktop and server and ships with the highly favored Xfce desktop.

Although still under development, feel free to give it a try here and be mindful that its installer is text based, so maybe the beginners should leave it to the Linux veterans for now till maybe it’s official released.

You’re more likely knowledgeable about Ubuntu today, knowing a little bit about the history of Unix and how it differs from Linux. Share your comments in the comments section below and don’t forget to subscribe for more feeds.

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Okoi Martins Jr.
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