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Why did 386 need BSD?
Lynne felt that the knowledge of BSD would be lost in a matter of years. General systems needed the secrets for the future. According to the website:
Over a thousand pages of notes, correspondance, and documentation were organized into a five volume book series known as "Source Code Secrets". The first of these was "The Basic Kernel", which captured the essence of a kernel in extreme detail. The intent with CD and book series was to capture the experience as a "living example", and release subsequent materials as demand required and returns justified.
Less than a third of the original, visonary BSD design ever was completed. In the mad rush to complete the so-called 4.4BSD system, much of the best was abandoned, intended to be given life in commercial form, yet those so called authors never had the interest, intellect, or drive to do any of it, just adjusting history to suit - perhaps they found making a product harder than it looked when some of them worked at Symmetric. At least some of this history has been captured.