Posted Sep 20, 2007 7:06 UTC (Thu) by rsidd
In reply to: The license?
Parent article: The case of the unwelcome attribution
You are absolutely right. The BSD advocates like to say that there are "only" 3 (now 5, including DragonFly and Darwin) incompatible forks of BSD, while there are dozens in Linux. But the linux kernel is still the same. You can install the "vanilla" linux kernel in any linux distro and get a working system. Binaries will also run, as long as the dependent library versions are compatible. The BSDs have meanwhile forked into completely incompatible systems with not even a pretence of commonality. If they had agreed to keep a common API for userspace programs, it would have been much better. Ironically, they all implement a reasonably good version of the Linux API, so they can run Linux binaries, but not one another's binaries.
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