[TUHS] PWB vs Unix/TS

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Thu Sep 12 07:50:59 AEST 2019

On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 2:11 PM Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:

> The problem was that Sun was in financial hot water and AT&T wanted SVR4
> to be the industry standard. ...  It would have been
> much better if Sun had licensed their source base to AT&T and then
> AT&T could have leveraged the industry standard.

I think those two statements say everything.  Sun was not in a position to
negotiate and AT&T desperately wanted SVR4 to be the standard - I think it
was corporate pride. (which I also think was mixed up the BSDi/UCB case too
- if they had let it go it would have been a darned site smarter).

If AT&T could have swallowed and excepted somebody other than them having
the 'high order bit' it might have worked.  As you say, leveraged the
industry standard.  Instead is just added to the fighting.
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