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Berkeley Software Distributions distros (BSD Distros) are free OS for all

There are several types of BSD Distros such as Free BSD, True OS, DragonFly BSD, Open BSD, NET BSD and more. Each one has very specific purpose.

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Important BSD Distros:

BSD stands for Berkeley software distribution.  There are a number of Unix like operating systems that are being currently developed.  One such distribution is Berkeley software distribution.  It is based on research Unix.  It was originally developed and distributed by computer systems research group.

Unix was originally developed by Bell labs in 1980. BSD was called Berkeley UNIX because it was actually based on the original source code of UNIX.

BSD was widely adopted due to its unique licensing by Engineers and other professionals.  Because of this that had been many operating systems that are free and open source.  The following list gives me examples of a few operating systems

True OS:

It is a free Unix like OS.  It is mainly server-oriented OS that is built using the most recent release of Free BSD Current.  People will not know True OS much because it was earlier known by the name PC-BSD.  Up to 2018, it was meant to be easy to install the user-friendly OS but in June 2018 the developers announced that the OS will be Core OS and so it will act as a basis for other OS and no longer provide a graphical user interface.

True OS
True OS

But if you want to use it with the graphical user interface you can try Ghost OS and Trident because they are the end-user oriented OSes.

Free BSD:

Free BSD is a free UNIX like Operating System that came through the Berkeley Software Distributions.  All the other BSD distros mentioned in this list are derived from Free BSD except for Open BSD.   Apple’s Mac OSX with its Darvin base has most of the code derived from Free BSD.  It is easy to use for anyone who is familiar with BSD and Unix as it is one of the most popular versions of BSD.

Free BSD
Free BSD

It is more than 200 active developers working on it and thousands of contributors around the world.

Open BSD:

Open BSD is a security-based Operating System.  It is also a research-based OS.  It was made by forking Net BSD.  It is regarded as one of the most secure operating system available anywhere that is available under a license.  Some of its features are used by other popular OS as well.  Windows 10 uses the Open SSH and Libre SSL.

Open BSD
Open BSD

Net BSD:

Net BSD is one of the oldest open source BSDs.  It will be available for many different platforms.  It is available for PCs, Servers, Mobile devices and more.  It focuses on code clarity, careful design, and portability to several different hardware.


It is highly portable, the main moto of Net BSD is “Of course it runs NetBSD”.  It is because Net BSD has been compiled for many 32-bit and 64-bit hardware.  It also supports the symmetric multiprocessing.  It also implements the Kernal Authentication which manages all the authorization requests in the kernel.

DragonFly BSD:

DragonFly BSD is another BSD that is based on Free BSD.  It adopts the technique for threading and symmetric multiprocessing that is different from traditional BSDs.  Despite this DragonFly BSD and other BSD projects work together, sharing bug fixes, driver updates, and other improvements.

DragonFly BSD
DragonFly BSD

If you have used Free BSD and you want to try something different, you can use the DragonFly BSD and try.


Here we learned about different BSD Distros.  This post contains a comprehensive list of True OS, Free BSD, Open BSD, Net BSD and Dragon Fly BSD.  As we can see that all these BSD Distros are good in their own way they are mostly derived from Free BSD.

We also learned that some of the popular proprietary OSes such as Windows and Mac OS X also derive their components from BSD.  Linux might be more popular but it should also be noted that it also consumes some parts of UNIX only.

With this we can conclude the post on BSD Distros, if you have any comments, please let us know.  And for more such awesome posts, please stay tuned to TecKangaroo.

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