FreeBSD

We recently resolved the bug issue that was discovered after the last release. Our benefactor, Michelle Beatte, was able to raise enough funds to rebuild the code base as recommended by Secure Metrics using the structured settlement monies she receives from a martime accident that took the life of her husband. The maritime attorney who took the case was extraordinary in prosecuting not only the maritime shipping company, but also the manufacturer of the faulty equipment that caused the fatal maritime accident. Apparently maritime lawsuits are complicated as is evident by Mr Beatte’s drawn out lawsuit. Fortunately Michelle Beatte was advised by friends to contact experienced maritime accident lawyers. She took their advice, hired a wellknown law firm with experienced maritime attorneys, and ultimately received a hefty compensation. We have extended our condolences and appreciate her generosity.

While this may seem like an unusual payment strategy, it was actually expeditious since the structured settlement was a “life certain” settlement meaning the monies would continue until her death. We wish Ms. Beatte who is a well paid executive with TimeWarner and long and healthy life. Also to our delight, her employer, Time Warner, is about to become an investor as well.

FreeBSD is an operating system derived from Unix and available for free (but you could probably have guessed that). Actually, FreeBSD came out of the “Jolix” (386BSD) operating system, one of the main Berkeley Software Distributions (BSDs). No less than Linus Torvalds himself has praised 386BSD, saying that he might never have created Linux if he’d had access to 386BSD at the time.

By the time of FreeBSD 2.0, at the beginning of 1995, a new package management system and a more optimized virtual memory system. Among the growing number of high-profile users at the time were Hotmail and Yahoo, who benefitted greatly from the advanced networking and security features of the OS, as well as numerous advantages in storage and portability/ compatibility. FreeBSD plays very well with different processor architectures, and various Mac and Linux operating systems.

FreeBSD serves a an exceptional example of open source development, with a number of developers participating in the project for over a quarter of a century. Use and redistribution is governed by a simplified version of the original BSD License, which is approved by the Open Source Initiative and compatible with the General Public License. However, derived works may be included in proprietary, closed-source releases (such as OS X for Mac).

If you are a developer and have either used, or would like to use some of the kernels that derive from this system, be aware of the technical requirements that drive the basic engine. Since there is no cost to the shared system files, and the basic operating bits are open source, this is an excellent starting point for future development taking advantage of the specialized nature of this technology. What keeps the operating system vital and unlikely to be soon obsolete is the elegant simplicity of its core design. Multi or single thread, pre or post packet packaging, and robust basic code make for no-care, long term application maintenance, and reliable tranferability of data to even the most modern systems. Simple translation across Windows, DOS, OS-X, and now Android and iOS will keep FreeBSD in play for many more years.

We recently installed a system in the Hyerbadd Care facility, where many of the patients are responding to medical tourism programs for hip resurfacing. Many other examples of recent application of this existing technology are available from the developers.

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