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It's also an accident that Linux won the mantle of "most popular Unix clone". It could just as easily have been a BSD, and frankly, many wish it actually was

At this point, Linux's chaotic bazaar nature as compared to the BSDs is more a symptom of its success than any intrinsic technical decision. If a BSD were today's Linux, it would probably look broadly like today's Linux in all the ways that BSD fans dislike.

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