Berkeley Software Distribution definition operating system
(BSD) A family of Unix
versions developed by Bill Joy
and others at the University of California at Berkeley
, originally for the DEC VAX
computers, and subsequently ported to almost all modern general-purpose computers. BSD Unix incorporates paged virtual memory
networking enhancements and many other features.
BSD UNIX 4.0 was released on 1980-10-19. The BSD versions (4.1, 4.2, and 4.3) and the commercial versions derived from them (SunOS
, Mt. Xinu, Dynix
) held the technical lead in the Unix world until AT&T
's successful standardisation efforts after about 1986, and are still widely popular.
See also Berzerkeley
, USG Unix