No progress on PDP-11 Unix source licenses, ideas?
wkt at henry.cs.adfa.oz.au
Thu Jun 26 09:54:27 AEST 1997
Dear PDP-11 Unix people,
I'm emailing you because I haven't done much in the last few months about
encouraging SCO to sell source licenses for PDP-11 UNIX, and I think it's
time we try a new tack.
The person I've been negotiating with a SCO is Dion Johnson, dionj at sco.com.
I pestered him a lot last year and so perhaps I've worn out my welcome with
him. So I'd like to suggest another approach or two.
Perhaps another person interested in PDP-11 UNIX source licenses can try
talking with Dion or other people at SCO? Any volunteers? Steven Schultz?
Bob Supnik? Alternatively, if nobody comes forward, we could all email Dion
expressing our desires for sources licenses for these old UNIX versions.
Looking at the survey I've been conducting at
http://minnie.cs.adfa.oz.au/PUPS/, at least 130 people are interested in
source licenses, and the general consensus is:
No resale of license is acceptable
No source redistribution is acceptable
50/50 split on single-user-only licenses
No commercial usage is acceptable
Full source code is preferable
Main UNIXes to be covered are 5th,6th,7th Edition and 2BSD.
Cost of license no more than US$200, max.
After reviewing the email from Dion, I'd add another condition which
would make SCO happy:
Source license adequately protects SCO's intellectual property,
in their view.
Anyway, please email your suggestions on what we should do to the PUPS
mailing list (oldunix at minnie.cs.adfa.oz.au) or to me. I think the single
person approach is better than flooding Dion with email. Maybe we can sign
an email petition and deliver that to a number of people at SCO?
Thanks in advance for your input!
Warren wkt at cs.adfa.oz.au
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