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BSD for Linux Users
Ever asked yourself the difference between BSD Unix (FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, etc.) and Linux? Want to know the differences between the two main types of open source licences: GPL and BSD? Always wondered how the cathedral compares to the bazaar? Read this great set of articles by Matt Fuller to understand those deep philosophical and technical differences. Matt is a BSD user and the articles are written from his perspective but they are all very well written and straight to the point. As a bonus, you’ll also learn that “Windows Causes Stupidity” and that the “Stupidity” is not an insult.
I have a confession to make: I wrote this article myself for the TechKnow magazine. But, heck, why not telling you about it? In it, I explore the world of Android-powered smartphones (like my own Google Nexus One) and try to understand how a mobile platform which was launched in October 2008 has managed to be present on HALF of the smartphones being purchased in the USA at this very moment (the iPhone is at 23%). Is that because Android runs Linux inside? Or is it because it’s open source software which can be used and modified freely by any phone manufacturer? Or is it simply because it’s the best mobile platform ever?