[TUHS] A Couple of New Unix Artifacts

Adam Thornton athornton at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 10:47:40 AEST 2019

We at Sine Nomine Associates read the entrails wrong.

We did a port of OpenSolaris to the zSeries architecture (although we
required z/VM; much like Linux, there's no point running it otherwise).  By
"we" I mean mostly Neale Ferguson for the heavy lifting and me for most of
the userland apps and toolchain stuff (although I did write most of the
disk device driver, which went through z/VM DIAGs rather than talking
directly to the hardware, but from the OpenSolaris perspective it was just
a device driver).

Both we and IBM thought IBM was going to buy Sun.  I'm sure that's why IBM
agreed to give us a couple extra DIAGs in z/VM to make the thing run a good
deal more efficiently.

And then IBM pushed too hard on price, apparently not knowing Sun was also
sitting on an offer from Larry Ellison.

My career would have been very different if that acquisition had happened.


On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 4:25 PM Arthur Krewat <krewat at kilonet.net> wrote:

> My wish list is:
> - Oracle (or some other licensee) coughed up SunOS. Legally.
> - AT&T or some other derivative coughed up SVR4(.2)
> Ok, that's all I got ;)
> But yes, I'm insane enough to want: Oracle coughing up Solaris 11.x(4?)
> - legally. And I don't mean OpenSolaris.
> BTW - I know a certain institution I know, I'm pretty sure used V6 for a
> graphics workstation. I'm pretty sure they had a source license, but I
> could be wrong. What's the reality when it came to V6 being used
> commercially in a product? This would be around the early 80's
> timeframe. And certain law enforcement agencies actually used at least
> one workstation for whatever reason.  It would have run on MIcro-11's,
> and MIcro-Vaxen.
> On 9/17/2019 7:12 PM, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> > On Tue, 17 Sep 2019, Warren Toomey wrote:
> >
> > [...]
> >
> >> Now you have a new topic to talk about :-)
> >
> > The infamous plaster cast of certain genitals (if it actually existed;
> > the cast I mean)?
> >
> > -- Dave
> >
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