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

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Fri Jan 6 12:09:04 AEST 2017


On Thu, Jan 05, 2017 at 12:18:45PM +0100, Joerg Schilling wrote:
> This is strange, I have in mind that Simon said BSD was not wanted by the 
> programmers and GPL was not practical because Sun then could not give away
> binaries from Closed Source parts from other code owners that are in Sun 
> Solaris but could not be in OpenSolaris.

There's just no way that there were, as you claimed, programmers who were
willing to quit if it was BSD.  BSD was fine, there are other good choices
but BSD was fine.  What the video showed is there were programmers who were
willing to quit if was the GPL, which is the opposite of what you have so
stridently claimed.

> IIRC, the only thing I did get from that video is the confirmation that Simon
> was extremely unhappy with Danese claiming that Sun did like to have something 
> that is deliberately incompatible to the GPL.

That makes sense to me, the GPL was hated inside of Sun, it was considered 
a virus.  The idea that you used a tiny bit of GPLed code and then everything
else is GPLed was viewed as highway robbery.  


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