Story 2014-11-02 2TW4 FreeBSD v1.0 announced 21 years ago today

FreeBSD v1.0 announced 21 years ago today

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Wow, we're getting old. FreeBSD v1.0 was announced 21 years ago today; it was considered the first "production ready" version of the now popular operating system. The original announcement is here.
From: (Jordan K. Hubbard)
Newsgroups: comp.os.386bsd.announce
Subject: FreeBSD 1.0 RELEASE now available
Date: 1 Nov 1993 16:12:20 -0800

The first "official" release of FreeBSD 1.0 is now available, no more greek letters - this is the "production" release.

While a fair number of bugs were also whacked between EPSILON and RELEASE, the following additional features deserve special mention:

A dynamic buffer cache mechanism that automagically grows and shrinks as you use the memory for other things. This should speed up disk operations significantly.
The Linux sound driver for Gravis UltraSound, SoundBlaster, etc. cards.
Mitsumi CDROM interface and drive.
Updated install floppies.
More fail-safe probing of devices on the ISA bus. This makes it much harder for devices to conflict with each other.
Advance syscons support for XFree86 2.0.
Of course, Jordan Hubbard is still with us and still helping make FreeBSD awesome. But we've come a long way since XFree86 2.0 and the Intel 386 architecture. Where were you in 1993? What's changed in your computing lifestyle since then?
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In '93? (Score: 1)

by on 2014-11-03 03:47 (#2TW7)

I'd been using a BSDish stack for a few years in NextStep. I was connected to the internet via UUCP most of the time!msg/comp.mail.maps/5-xMfc8c52g/FxBTw1P2V5UJ (frsvnsvn). I had no interest in the intel architecture at the time, but I was glad to see the progress.

Thank you FreeBSD (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-11-03 08:13 (#2TW9)

I won my first job by being able to geek out the resident God thanks to you. Hours spent on unix graduated to BSD gained me employment when it was getting tough. I am awash with remorse over having to move to mainframe. It was the money. Job stability. A need to move state. A moment of unstable mental decisions cursed many a time but now long in the past. Thanks. For existing. From all of us.

showering with liquid shit (Score: -1, Troll)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-11-03 17:46 (#2TWH)

program yourself easily with fresh tampons in the butt