Sun Microsystems earlier offering “Sun OS” was based on BSD code from the early ’80s until the early ’90s when Sun released Sun OS 4.0 based on AT&T’s Sys V code.Sun attempted to clarify the change by marketing “Solaris” instead of “Sun OS” although “Sun OS” referred to as the core operating system, while “Solaris” is considered an operating environment; thus Solaris 10 is Sun OS 5.10.
The 6.0 branch represents a mixture of stabilizing features introduced in the 5.x branch and some new features.
The 5.x branch introduced a new scheduler called “ULE” around the same time the linux 2.6 kernel introduced the new anticipatory scheduler.
It was agreed that certain parts of the code base, then called 4.4BSD, were encumbered.
The University of California removed the tainted code and released the 4.4BSD-Lite operating system; however large parts of it were removed, and a bootable, working version for intel processors was not available.
It was around this time that Linus Torvalds released the initial Linux kernel, and the rest was history.
Novell and The University of California eventually settled.
The majority of the installer has gone unchanged, although there have been some minor improvements and additions (which will be noted).
The installation is the same as in the previous 5.x branch; however, there was a bug resulting in USB peripherals becoming unresponsive after the kernel loads that wasn’t fixed in the 6.0 release.
If you have already created a partition and want to change its type, Free BSD’s partition type is “165”.
The next screen (figure 5) is the boot loader selection.
In December of 1993 the Free BSD project released its 1.0 version. This initial release was still based on the encumbered 4.4BSD-Net/2 distribution; it wasn’t until Free BSD 2.0 that Free BSD was free of patented intellectual property. While Linux took the (free software) world by storm, Free BSD was still recovering lost mindshare from the doubt and uncertainty cast by the Novell law suit An interesting side note is that Bill Joy, of Sun Microsystems fame, was one of the original creators of BSD software.