[TUHS] Troff to ps

John Gilmore gnu at toad.com
Thu Jan 28 10:19:13 AEST 2021

Greg A. Woods <woods at robohack.ca> wrote:
> As I recall even some of the bigger vendors such as Sun and IBM didn't
> offer ditroff in their base OS, but they did offer old troff.  Those
> were the days of insane AT&T licensing and all the games competitors
> played around it.

As I recall, AT&T wanted about the same amount of money for ditroff as
for the entire UNIX release.  So, of course no UNIX vendor was going to
double the royalty they paid to AT&T for every customer, for a small
improvement in a utility that most customers didn't even use (troff).


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