'This month's Linux distro review isn't of a Linux distribution at
all—instead, we're taking a look at FreeBSD, the original gangster of
free Unix-like operating systems.
The first FreeBSD release was in 1993, but the operating system's
roots go further back—considerably further back. FreeBSD started out
in 1992 as a patch-release of Bill and Lynne Jolitz's 386BSD—but
386BSD itself came from the original Berkeley Software Distribution
(BSD). BSD itself goes back to 1977—for reference, Linus Torvalds was
only seven years old then.
Before we get started, I'd like to acknowledge something up front—our
distro reviews include the desktop experience, and that is very much
not FreeBSD's strength. FreeBSD is far, far better suited to running
as a headless server than as a desktop! We're going to get a full
desktop running on it anyway, because according to Lee Hutchinson, I
hate myself—and also because we can't imagine readers wouldn't care
FreeBSD does not provide a good desktop experience, to say the least.
But if you're hankering for a BSD-based desktop, don't worry—we're
already planning a followup review of GhostBSD, a desktop-focused BSD
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