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

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Thu Jan 5 03:15:50 AEST 2017


On Wed, Jan 04, 2017 at 06:11:20PM +0100, Joerg Schilling wrote:
> 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.

"this fact" being that "many" Sun employees were prepared to quit if
Solaris was BSD licensed?  I'd like to see a list of those people,
I find it extremely hard to believe, but data will change my opinion.


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