My Fellow BSD Users & Advocates:
In light of the recent violent faculty-supported anti-free-speech riots at UC
Berkeley, the archaic namesake of BSD Unix, I would like to once again revisit
the question that I've posed in a less serious tone six years ago:
WHAT *SHOULD* THE B IN BSD STAND FOR?
The history of the BSD Unix ecosystem, stretching from the late 1960s to the
present day, involves contributions from many different universities,
companies, non-profit organizations, and individuals from all over the world.
Why should just one (particularly controversial and divisive) university get
perpetual free advertising for all eternity at the expense of every other
individual and institution?
I propose that the name BSD should be thought of as a recursive acronym (like
GNU) for "BSD Software Distribution". The B in BSD could also stand for
Beastie, Bell Labs (to which it has a more forthright connection than Linux),
etc, etc, etc...
This need not be a formal decision by any BSD variant's foundation, BDFL, etc -
just a preference of some members of the BSD community.
Long live the BSD Software Distribution!
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