[TUHS] man Macro Package and pdfmark

arnold at skeeve.com arnold at skeeve.com
Thu Feb 20 17:27:15 AEST 2020

Michael Huff <mphuff at gmail.com> wrote:

> It was said earlier that SunOS included a compiler, but it was dropped 
> in Solaris. Was it possible for people to carry over the old SunOS 
> compiler and use it on Solaris? Did people do that, or did they just 
> have their companies spring for the actual Solaris compiler?

Early Solaris would not run SunOS binaries; that was fixed later
on. People could then move the SunOS compiler over to Solaris. That was
less helpful that it might seem, as it was a K&R compiler. But it could
be used to bootstrap GCC and then one could go on from there.

As Larry and others have pointed out, the unbundling of various components
was a big mistake by the vendors.  It just made users angry and motivated
them to switch to other Unix systems.

Also, early Solaris was a dog. Performance was poor. It improved over
time, but it wasn't until around Solaris 2.4 or 2.5 that running it
wasn't painful.


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