Introduction to the BSD World

Almost everyone in the tech sector is familiar with Linux in some capacity. Their use of it may be on the server as a sysadmin, Android phone user, desktop experience, deploying a micro-service via the cloud or in the embedded space. In some way, shape, or form, everyone in the tech sector (and anyone who has interfaced with the internet) has touched Linux server. However, there is a lesser known group of Free and Opened Sourced operating system out there in the wild that is often forgotten about or misunderstood: the Berkeley Standard Distribution (BSD) based operating systems.

The History of BSD

The initial story of BSD starts out shortly after the arrival of UNIX in the world. Some may know the story. Dennis Richtie, Ken Thompson, and couple of others hacked away at created an operating system inspired by their work on MULTICs on a PDP-7, and thus, UNIX was born, along with the C programming language. However, AT&T and BellLabs were not able to sell this as part of a prior lawsuit that cut them out of directly competing in the software space due to their pretty much government granted monopoly in telecommunications. So, BellLabs and AT&T essentially started giving it out to research universities and even people who wrote them letters asking for it.