noun - primary one
NetBSD is one of several Unix-like operating systems
stemming from the BSD4.4-lite
release of the Berkeley Software Distributions
Originally derived from 386BSD, on April 3rd, 1993, NetBSD (along with FreeBSD
) later had to reimport their developments in March of 1994 to the BSD4.4-lite
base after the settlement of a lawsuit between AT&T's USL and the University of Columbia
NetBSD has since moved to become one the most highly ported operating system in the world, running on more than 50 platforms.
Currently working towards the 2.0 release, tentitavely set for this spring, NetBSD is at 1.6.2 for it's stable release.
NetBSD was used for the base for the development of OpenBSD
, a security focused BSD that runs on 11 platforms, when co-founder of the NetBSD Project Theo de Raadt was forced out of the core development team for personality and opinion differences.
noun - primary two
The NetBSD Project, the organisation that manages the development of the NetBSD operating system. The group that was responsible for registering NetBSD as a trademark and is charged with defending it.
Even though OpenBSD was started because of a fight between developers, NetBSD and OpenBSD freely share code.