Good News re PDP Unix Licensing
Steven M. Schultz
sms at wlv.iipo.gtegsc.com
Fri Jun 28 02:05:17 AEST 1996
Warren, et al -
> I just received a very pleasing letter from Dion L. Johnson II, the
> Product Manager at SCO, about the legal status of the PDP UNIXs. I've included
> his email and my response below. If I can get a legally authorative statement
> on paper from SCO, I'll pass it on to you all, especially Steven Schultz.
Wow. I never even dreamed that such a thing would happen - how times
(or people) have changed over time. Very welcome news indeed!
> In particular, you said that ``SCO would cheerfully encourage them to run UNIX
> on these antiques without any payment to us''. Does this mean I can legally
> distribute the source code to the PDP versions of UNIX, and to anybody? or
> just to people who own PDP-11s. There are PDP-11 emulators available, so
> it is conceivable that people who don't even have a real PDP-11 might like
> to try UNIX out on these emulators. If to anybody, then I assume this means
> the source is legally owned by SCO but freely distributable?
I submit that running an emulator does not demonstrate the proper
degree of obsession or investment (financial as well as emotional) with
``antiques''. No investment in actual old hardware is involved when
running an emulator. That is, I believe, what SCO is referring
to when mention is made of ``run UNIX on these antiques''. Not a new
fangled Pentium Pro running an emulator but an honest to DEC PDP-11
and all the dealing with 9-track (or TK-25, etc) peripherals and
front panel or console ODT banging which that entails.
Basically I think it would be a 'good thing' to honor the "spirit" of
Dion's mail item as well as the "letter" of it.
Ummm - not freely redistributable but distributable to those who can
at least make some sort of case that they do own a PDP-11 capable of
running UNIX. Granted, "proving" this over the net might be difficult
but the effort should at least, I think, be made in an attempt to
reciprocate SCO's spirit.
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