[TUHS] Source code abundance?

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Tue Mar 7 09:53:19 AEST 2017


Yeah, the wikipedia page talks about Dennis.  And the source is here:

http://www.nesssoftware.com/home/mwc/source.php

On Mon, Mar 06, 2017 at 03:48:46PM -0800, Larry McVoy wrote:
> I'll bet anything this was Coherent, I remember the same story, I think
> Dennis was involved as well.
> 
> On Mon, Mar 06, 2017 at 03:44:32PM -0800, Steve Johnson wrote:
> > I don't remember.???? In fact, I'm not sure I ever knew...
> > 
> > Steve
> > 
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Cory Smelosky" <b4 at gewt.net>
> > To:
> > Cc:"TUHS main list" <tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org>
> > Sent:Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:32:41 -0800
> > Subject:Re: [TUHS] Source code abundance?
> > 
> >  Steve Johnson wrote:
> >  > I can attest to at least one case where AT&T attempted to see
> > whether
> >  > its Unix code had been stolen. A Unix look-alike came to AT&T's
> >  > attention, and they wanted to get a sense of whether the code had
> > been
> >  > copied before bringing out the big legal guns. I was one of several
> >  > people asked to log into the system and see what I could figure
> > out.
> >  > They particularly wanted me to look at their Yacc, because they
> > assumed
> >  > that would be hard to duplicate.
> >  >
> >  > So I spent an interesting hour checking it out. The first thing I
> > did
> >  > was to look to see whether some of my bugs or unadvertised features
> > were
> >  > in the program, and they weren't. Then I threw a couple of
> > difficult
> >  > cases at it, and found a couple of bugs in their code. And besides,
> > it
> >  > was VERY slow. So I concluded it was a reimplementation. I gather
> >  > that was the consensus of others as well, and AT&T backed off.
> >  >
> >  > Steve
> >  >
> >  >
> > 
> >  Coherent?
> > 
> 
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> Larry McVoy            	     lm at mcvoy.com             http://www.mcvoy.com/lm 

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