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386BSD (substantial precursor to the later free BSD projects) was a known free software project around the time Linus started with Linux, but was vaporware until early 1992, by which time Linux already had an active and rapidly growing contributor/user comunity. For a while the two projects seemed to have borrowed code from one another, though Linux benefited more for licensing reasons (note: view that BSD advertising clause was GPL-incompatible didn't arise till some time later). 386BSD was advanced in some ways (particularly networking) but for the most part Linux was technically superior, had a huge head start and had the momentum.
386BSD probably suffered somewhat from FUD surrounding the USL v. BSDi lawsuit but not clear that it played a major factor in the relative success of Linux.
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