Bostic was a member of the Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) at the University of California, Berkeley, who created BSD UNIX. Among many other tasks, he led the effort at CSRG to create a free software version of BSD, which helped allow the creation of FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD. BSD has also influenced and been influenced by both other Unix variants and other Unix-like operating systems, such as Gnu/Linux.
Bostic is the author of nvi.
He works at Oracle Corporation as the result of Oracle's acquisition of Sleepycat Software, the developer of Berkeley DB. As of Feb. 19, 2008, his last day of work at Oracle is expected to be Feb. 29, 2008.