[TUHS] BSD 4.1, 4.1x, Quasijarus, and 4.3x
Greg 'groggy' Lehey
grog at lemis.com
Wed Feb 2 10:38:36 AEST 2022
On Tuesday, 1 February 2022 at 15:34:53 -0600, Will Senn wrote:
> I did my research on this, but it's still a bit fuzzy (why is it that
> people's memories from 40 years ago are so malleable?).
> 1. What are y'all's recollections regarding BSD 4.1's releases, vis a
> vis the VAX. In McKusick's piece, Twenty Years of Berkeley Unix, I get
> one perspective, and from Sokolov's Quasijarus project, I get quite
Kirk was there the whole time, from far earlier until the end of the
CSRG. Sokolov came later, and to my recollection he wasn't involved
in core BSD at all. I don't have any personal recollections of the
time, but it seems clear who is more plausible.
> 5. Has anyone unearthed an original 4.1 tape, or is Haertel's
> reconstruction of the 1981 tape 1 release as close as it gets?
Clearly this is beyond what is on the 4 CD set, right? That tree
contains a file TAPE with the comments (inter alia)
Extracted from two 4.1BSD distribution tapes dated 7/10/81.
First label on the tape:
4.1bsd VAX UNIX System 7/10/81
5 files on tape:
1 (boot stuff) 2 (root dump)
3 (/usr) 4 (/usr/src) 5(4.0/4.1)
last three are tar; 1600 bpi
But presumably you know that. Was this the Haertel reconstruction you
On Tuesday, 1 February 2022 at 13:47:53 -0800, Larry McVoy wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 01, 2022 at 03:34:53PM -0600, Will Senn wrote:
>> 2. Sokolov implies that the CSRG mission started going off the rails with
>> the 4.3/4.3BSD-Tahoe and it all went pear shaped with the 4.3-Reno release,
>> and that Quasijarus puts the mission back on track, is that so?
> I think the issue was that some of the core CSRG people went off to
> form BSDi to try and sell BSD on PCs.
BSDI came later, and the founders weren't CSRG people, though some
CSRG people did join the company. I think the real issue was that
CSRG no longer had a purpose: the research aspect was over and done
with, and the funding dried up.
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