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FreeBSD, 20 years young

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freebsdnews.net: FreeBSD celebrates its 20th birthday this week. On 19 June 1993, David Greenman, Jordan Hubbard and Rod Grimes announced the creation.

PC-BSD Goes 64-Bit Only

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freebsdnews.net: Kris, the PC-BSD founder and lead developer, has set out his plan on the PC-BSD Developers mailinglist for the upcoming version(s) of PC-BSD.

The move from Linux to FreeBSD

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nileshgr.com: About 2 months ago, I had a spare VPS at my host, Hetzner. So I decided to play with FreeBSD which was being offered for Hetzner servers and VPSes. That’s how the whole thing started.

GhostBSD 3.0 Review: FreeBSD on steroids!

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mylinuxexplore.blogspot: For quite sometime I was thinking of trying out a Unix operating system, something a bit different from the usual Linux distros I try out every week. I didn't want to jump directly to FreeBSD and I chose GhostGSD.

DesktopBSD brought back to life

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  • DesktopBSD brought back to live
  • March Issue of BSD Magazine: Handling Kernel Panic
  • FreeBSD Foundation announces new technical staff member
  • GhostBSD 3.0 released

The Rise of the Rolling Release

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ostatic.com: Rolling releases are not new. But more projects are kicking around the idea these days and some have even done it. Here are two very recent examples.

OpenBSD's de Raadt slams Red Hat, Canonical over 'secure' boot

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itwire.com: OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has slammed Red Hat and Canonical for the way they have reacted to Microsoft's introduction of "secure" boot along with Windows 8, describing both companies as wanting to be the new Microsoft.

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

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linuxbsdos.com: PC-BSD 9.1 beta 1, the latest pre-stable version of what will become PC-BSD 9.1, has been released. PC-BSD is a desktop-centric distribution based on FreeBSD. It used to be primarily a KDE-using distribution, but the installer now has options to install a system using other major desktop environments.

The story of BSD and open-source Linux

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sdtimes.com: On March 9, 1977, Bill Joy compiled the first version of Berkeley Systems Distribution Unix, known as 1BSD. This version was just an add-on to an existing Unix, however. Two years later, he released 2BSD.

PC-BSD 9 review – to FreeBSD what Ubuntu is to Debian

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linuxuser.co.uk: PC-BSD offers you a fully functional desktop environment based on rock solid FreeBSD technology, which makes it the perfect operating system for your first steps with BSD…

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