There are three main branches of *BSD. All of them come from the same original code, which was released by Berkeley and is consequently American. There are no distributions in the Linux sense. The reason is simple: the *BSDs are complete operating systems, like Solaris, AIX, etc. Linux is just a kernel. It needs other programs around it to make it useful (eg, cron, ifconfig, and so on). Thus, you have distributions, which take the Linux kernel and add on the Other Useful Things That An Operating System Needs. Anyway, the branches.
Also, you'll notice a common, recurring phrase. Foundation. The *BSD world most operates non-profit. There are no Red Hat service contracts: you hire people to look after your *BSD box, and they download releases from the Foundation's servers. These are research foundations, btw.
- FreeBSD - probably the most international. However, the FreeBSD Foundation is in Boulder. They seem to be getting bandwidth from a provider in South Africa, according to my traceroutes, and Yahoo! as well. They have mirrors globally, but I think the majority of their developers are Silicon Valley. Certainly not German. There is, of course, a German mirror site for the Project. It's in English, although it gets its bandwidth from Tiscali.
- OpenBSD - Canadian. Theo's in Vancouver IIRC. Not German. Not at all.
- NetBSD - They're the closest in many ways to the original 4.3BSD-LITE release. However, the NetBSD Foundation is incorporated in the State of Delaware. They, too, like the FreeBSD people, are scattered: but the core group only includes one continental European, and he's Dutch.
Now, as for OS X. How about the desktop, boys? Apple should have been chomping at the bit on that contract. There's a major lost opportunity. Admittedly, they still have the closed-source problem, but that's much less of a problem in the client world, and they've got a significantly better security history than Microsoft does.
Did people from the future send George Carlin back in time to save rusty and K5? - leviramsey
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