[TUHS] Various Unix
wobblygong at gmail.com
Wed Dec 20 18:25:22 AEST 2017
I've just dropped in to the QNX Foundry27 FAQ page:
" I want to access the source code, how can I?#
QSS classifies proprietary QNX source code as either Open (available
to anyone under an open source license), Accessible (available to
registered users on the QNX Source project), or Restricted (please
contact your QSS Sales or Support contact to request access).
Source code is available through the SVN Web interface. To do so,
access the desired project, select its 'Source Code' section, select
the repository, select 'View Commits', then select 'Browse
Registered members can access the Subversion repository using any
Subversion client application. Such a client is offered as part of the
QNX Momentics IDE.
Is this open source?#
Simple answer is 'no'. But the complete answer is 'sometimes' since
each Foundry27 project is free to expose its technology under its
sponsor's own licensing terms. As an example, some of the BSPs
delivered as part of the BSPs and Drivers project are published under
the terms of the Apache 2.0 license; these are clearly open source.
The QSS components delivered as part of the QNX Operating System
project can be considered very close to open within the QNX
development community with access to Restricted code; their source is
published, the binaries are available, the source code can be modified
and even redistributed to other QSS licensed developers. More details
are available at the Community Redistribution page at
On 12/20/17, Jose R. Valverde <jrvalverde at cnb.csic.es> wrote:
> Before we had to phase out our FTP server, I kept on it several
> versions of UNIX clones and related OS that were mostly not on TUHS.
> This post is to remember some of these systems. Many of these were
> open sourced or widely available at some time and were related to UNIX
> one way or another. I may not have the latest versions or all the
> versions, but at least I do keep something.
> The following ones have been open sourced at some point in time (I
> Sprite (I also own the original distribution CD)
> from tliquest.net/local/unix: uzi and various other bits
> Plus several archaic CDs with early versions of Linux,
> Open/Free/NetBSD, (Walnut Creek, InfoMagic, etc. CD/ROMs)
> and even the Beowulf/Extreme Linux CDs (plus I must keep around the
> mirror we hosted for a long time of the Beowulf site). The hobbyist CDs
> for OpenSolaris 8 (and I believe 9) with sources. Oh, and
> In addition, I have many other sources whose Copyright status I'm not
> aware of, but which are interesting for archival purposes.
> Regarding QNX, yes, it was open sourced (at least for hobbyist use, I
> have to check the license) for several distributions. I ported some
> bioinformatics software and kept for some time a distribution
> repository, and I'm pretty certain I must have the sources as well as
> the virtual machines. I'll try to verify the licenses to see if it can
> be redistributed, although I doubt they can. Oh, and I also own the
> mentioned famous 3.5" diskette. I think I digitized it long ago. Would
> have to check.
> Off the Net, it has been possible, one time or another, to recover
> executables and, sometime, even sources, of many systems. Archive.org
> has -I believe- a copy of a once famous repo of abandonware with
> binaries of SCO, System V, AIX, etc...
> I know that AIX, ATT systemV vI, II, III and IV, Solaris V6, Tru64,
> OSF-1, Dynix, Ultrix 11, BSDI, Ultrix-32 etc... have been out there at
> some time or another in source code format, and binaries of IRIX, Lisa,
> QNX, A/UX, xenix...
> Some years ago, I had more free time and could test many systems on
> emulators, and built images and accompanying scripts ready ti run. I
> also made some tools to be able to transfer data in and out of old
> unix versions (so I could edit the software off the virtual machine
> while back-porting a screen editor to V6, v5, etc... with only vt100
> Not UNIX-related, I also keep copies of many other ancient operating
> systems and software and hardware emulators.
> Well, as I said at the beginning, everything that I had, I should still
> keep while the hard disks continue spinning. If there is any
> interest in adding any of these to TUHS, I can try to find a way to
> send it all.
> If I find time to browse through everything, I would like to upload all
> the source code to GitHub (at least anything that's redistributable).
> If I find the time...
> But, Warren, if you are interested in anything, let me know and I'll
> find a way to give you access.
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