Open Source Computing

Week 4

Group Assignment 2

Finish LibreOffice

Social issues and Open Source


Android, Google, the EU, and Open Source


This was a version of BSD Unix developed by William and Lynne Jolitz. It started as a port of BSD 4.3 to the 386. The project began in 1989; in 1988 the BSD team started work on removing all AT&T source from BSD Unix. The first release was in March 1992, but Dr Dobbs Journal ("traveling light without overbyte") published a serialized description of the porting process starting in January 1991.

Linux was announced in July 1991.

386BSD did not catch on. In 1993, the FreeBSD and NetBSD projects forked off.

Why did Linux succeed where 386BSD did not? Why didn't Linux degenerate into a multitude of forks? The persuasive skills of Linus Torvalds get some credit here. Perhaps another issue was that Torvalds was not seeking some "pure" solution; he was able to compromise, and to accept innovative pull requests from just about anyone. And, perhaps, the fact that 386BSD was eight months late was all that it took.

Cathedral v Bazaar