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|Company / developer||The FreeBSD Project|
|Source model||Open source|
|Initial release||1 November 1993|
|Marketing target||Servers, workstations, embedded systems|
|Supported platforms||ARM, IA-32, x86-64, MIPS|
|Kernel type||Monolithic kernel|
|Default user interface||Unix shell|
|License||FreeBSD License, FreeBSD Documentation License|
FreeBSD is an operating system for many different kinds of computers. This means that if the user has a computer around the house and want to run FreeBSD on it, the user probably can. Computers that run Microsoft Windows will also run FreeBSD. It is based on BSD, the version of UNIX developed at the University of California, Berkeley.
FreeBSD is open source. This means that anyone can download the source code and change, or learn from it. The people who work on FreeBSD do not usually get paid. They keep working on it because they enjoy it or want to become more experienced programmers. Most open source software that runs on Linux will run natively on FreeBSD without the need for any compatibility layer.
Operating systems based on FreeBSD
There are a lot of operating systems, which are based on FreeBSD.
Operating systems with a GUI
Several projects created an operating system, based on FreeBSD, which has a GUI by default.
Examples for that kind of operating systems are:
- Lavigne, Dru; Lehey, Greg; Reed, Jeremy C. (20 December 2007), The Best of FreeBSD Basics (First ed.), Reed Media Services, p. 596,
- Tiemann, Brian; Urban, Michael (15 June 2006), FreeBSD 6 Unleashed (First ed.), SAMS Publishing, p. 912,
- Korff, Yanek; Hope, Paco; Potter, Bruce (March 2005), Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security (First ed.), O'Reilly Media, p. 464,
- Lehey, Greg (April 2003), The Complete FreeBSD (Fourth ed.), O'Reilly Media, p. 720,
- McKusick, Marshall K.; Neville-Neil, George V. (2 August 2004), The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System (First ed.), Addison–Wesley, p. 720,
- Mittelstaedt, Ted (15 December 2000), The FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide (First ed.), Addison–Wesley, p. 432,
- Stokely, Murray; Lee, Chern (1 March 2004), The FreeBSD Handbook, Volume 1: User Guide (Third ed.), FreeBSD Mall, p. 408,
- Stokely, Murray (1 September 2004), The FreeBSD Handbook, Volume 2: Admin Guide (Third ed.), FreeBSD Mall, p. 537,