When we talk about free and open source operating systems, the first thing that may come to our mind is GNU/Linux operating system. But in fact, GNU/Linux was not the first free operating system in the past. It was BSD, which appeared as a Free operating system and as an alternative to existing proprietary operating system Unix.
An article written by Christopher Tozzi, published in thevarguy investigates, why BSD was not able to out perform newly born GNU/Linux operating system in 90's and never after that.
If you use a free and open source operating system, it's almost certainly based on the Linux kernel and GNU software. But these were not the first freely redistributable platforms, nor were they the most professional or widely commercialized. The Berkeley Software Distribution, or BSD, beat GNU/Linux on all of these counts. So why has BSD been consigned to the margins of the open source ecosystem, while GNU/Linux distributions rose to fantastic prominence? Read on for some historical perspective.Understanding BSD requires delving far back into the history of Unix, the operating system first released by AT&T Bell Labs in 1969. BSD began life as a variant of Unix that programmers at the University of California at Berkeley, initially led by Bill Joy, began developing in the late 1970s.