[TUHS] the guy who brought up SVr4 on Sun machines

Joerg Schilling schily at schily.net
Thu Jan 5 03:11:20 AEST 2017


Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:

> > The Sun employees have been asked whether they would support the BSD license 
> > and many of then said that they will terminate their contract if Sun uses BSD.
>
> Huh?  First of all, Sun employees don't have a contract, they are (or were)
> at will employees.  So I think you mean they would quit if it were BSD
> licensed.
>
> Second, I've _never_ heard a single Sun person say they would quit if Sun
> open sourced something under the BSD license.  I'm sure I've heard someone
> say they didn't like that license but never heard anyone giving up their
> job over it.

I discussed the possible options for an OpenSolaris license with Andrew Tucker 
in September 2004 during a dinner. Andrew Tucker was "distinguished engineer" 
and the chief architect for the OpenSolaris creation.

BTW: this fact has been confirmed by Simon Phipps, so I am very sure about it.

Jörg

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