- This article is about "forking" of a software project into two or more different projects. For the operating system term for starting a new process, see fork (operating system)
A fork of a computer software project is generally a version of the original software that makes use of the same (or a compatible) license, but with a development team that is usually under "new management." Forks usually occur when fundamental design differences can't be agreed upon.
Notable Forks in the History of Software development
- Unix has been forked literally hundreds, if not thousands of times from the original software developed at Bell Labs
- "The BSDs" (FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD) are three popular forks of the original Berkeley Software Distribution, which is itself a descendant of Unix
UNIX History, also has a UNIX timeline with a detailed diagram listing forks from the original Unix