[TUHS] The French SOL Project

Nemo cym224 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 13 12:11:38 AEST 2017


On 12 December 2017 at 09:52, Pierre Chapuis <catwell at catwell.info> wrote:
> SOL was a spin-off research project from a more famous French research
> project called Cyclades, the first datagram network [1]. Knowing that I
> would guess that the IP may be owned by INRIA.

I was curious to see if Cyclades wound up in any of hte INRIA repos.
No luck but I did find this curious repository:
https://www.softwareheritage.org/ that may one day have it.

N.

>
> Chorus Systems was a startup which was acquired by Sun in 1997, and the IP
> belongs to Oracle. However version 5.0 was open sourced by Sun and forked
> under the name Jaluna, apparently the sources can still be found at
> SourceForge [2].
>
> I couldn't find any sources for SOL, and I don't think it has ever been
> completed.
>
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CYCLADES
> [2] https://sourceforge.net/projects/jaluna/files/Developer%20Edition/1.0/
>
> --
> Pierre Chapuis
>
>
> On Tue, Dec 12, 2017, at 15:18, Clem Cole wrote:
>
> In the early 1980s, a bunch of French researchers set out to build a clone
> of UNIX/V7 in Pascal (using a ukernel IIRC).   The project was the SOL
> project [Gien, 1983].   I believe it eventually begat the Chorus system
> (which was C++); which UI was going to use for System V/R5 before it all
> blew up.
>
> 1)   Does anyone know what happen to SOL?  Was it finished, deployed, used
> for anything?
>
> 2.) Did the sources and doc survive (and who owns the IP)?   I think those
> should be in the TUHS archives, as I think this was the first attempt at a
> rewrite of UNIX in something other than C (or assembler).
>
> 3.) On a similar thought, did the Chorus code survive and who owns the IP?
>
>
> Clem
>
>
>
>
>
>  [Gien, 1983]“The SOL Operating System”, Michel Gien, USENIX Association,
> 1983, Proceedings of the Summer ’83 USENIX Conference, Toronto, On, Canada,
> July, 1983, Pages 75-78
>
>
>


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