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The Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) was a Unix-based operating system developed and distributed by the Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1977 to 1995. Today, "BSD" is often used non-specifically to refer to several of its descendants, including FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and DragonFly BSD.

BSD was initially called Berkeley Unix because it shared the same source code with AT&T Research Unix. In the 1980s, BSD was widely adopted by workstation vendors in the form of proprietary Unix variants such as DEC ULTRIX and Sun Microsystems SunOS, due to its permissive licensing, and its familiarity to many technology company founders and engineers.

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