There is a long history of Unix and Unix-alike operating systems, many of
which have been Open Source for a long time. The BSD type operating
systems go back to 1977, and there are several offsprings of this
traditional Unix flavour today. The various BSD Operating System flavours
in existance today are among them, and with their different
emphasises on the goal provide a stable, secure and portable operating
system that fulfill today's needs of users, system administrators,
programmers as well as system architects and hardware designers, they are
challenged in many areas that Linux is also being used more and more
that Linux people may be interested to see
include the BSD packages/ports system for managing 3rd party
applications, de-centralized development of kernel, userland code
and documentation via CVS, binary emulation of various operating
systems on various hardware/CPU platforms, the general concept of
writing machine independent code based on machine dependent features,
allowing device drivers to be used on big and little endian machines
as well as on 32bit and 64bit machines, with no maze of #ifdef's.
Many other features could be listed here, but why not drop by at
our booth or websites and see for yourself.
At the Linux-Kongress, the various BSD projects will be present answering
questions on the current state of affairs, showing BSD on standard and
not-so-standard hardware, as well as offering various material with
information about BSD, including
CDs with NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, T-Shirts and other goodies.