[rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 61, Issue 7
compoobah at valleyimplants.com
Wed Dec 12 00:01:56 CST 2007
On Dec 11, 2007, at 5:39 PM, rescue-request at sunhelp.org wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Dec 2007, Sandwich Maker wrote:
>> " IRIX was under System V licensing, $60 to AT&T for a workstation,
>> " for a server.
>> ...but solaris 2 is sV based too.
> Not just System V based. Solaris 2 was part of Sun's collaboration
> AT&T to create SysVR4. It's as much SysVR4 as AT&T's offerings were.
AFAIK all pre-Net BSDs were also under the AT&T license - not sure what
the pre-System V license looked like exactly, but all commercial UNIX
vendors had one in order to ship a BSD-based UNIX.
Hearsay is that Sun got a sweet deal from AT&T in return for the Vr4
work they did.
Looking at some of the released documents seems to indicate that at
some point SGI also bought out the per-copy fee to (at that time)
Novell. IBM as well. Not sure about other UNIX vendors.
Did the OSF/1 derivatives require a AT&T license? Wondering, since OSF
was started to get out from under the thumb of AT&T/Sun at the time of
the Vr4 announcement.
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