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What is BSD?

BSD is a software license.

The only requirements of the BSD license are preservation of copyright and a standard disclaimer of liability. Due to its minimal license, BSD software can be freely modified and used in proprietary or commercial software.

BSD is a family of complete operating systems.

BSD-based operating systems include NetBSD, BSD/OS, FreeBSD, DragonFly BSD, OpenBSD, Darwin OS and Macintosh OS X.

BSD is Unix history and experience.

BSD began as the "Berkeley Software Distribution(s)" in the late 1970's. It added new programs to Unix and, later, original proprietary Unix code was replaced with BSD-licensed code.

BSD is technology innovations.

TCP/IP (aka "Internet Protocols") and other technology enhancements such as IPv6 and IPsec were first developed or widely introduced for BSD.

BSD software runs on numerous hardware architectures.

BSD operating systems run on Alpha, PowerPC, Amiga, HP 9000, Sparc, VAX, Sega Dreamcast, several handhelds, and various other machines.

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