[AUUG-Talk]: bequests and benefactors

David Lloyd lloy0076 at adam.com.au
Tue Dec 11 11:42:53 EST 2007


David Newall said:
> I'd like to take this further.  It is claimed that AUUG is inclusive of 
> proprietary Unixes as well as the open ones, but all I see are words.  
> Where are the SCO users?  Where are the Irix users?  Where are the OSF 
> users?  We've got Solaris, largely via Mr. Sun, himself: David 
> Horsfall.  But what other proprietary Unixes are practiced by our 
> members?  The "proprietary UNIX" argument is now, and probably always 
> has been, a red herring, and a negative one at that.  AUUG was *never* 
> about proprietary operating systems, even though UNIX was and still is 
> proprietary.

Sun are in the process of making a significant part of Solaris "open"; 
it will probably always contain some sort of proprietary "add-ons" as 
part of the reason one might pay for it, but the kernel itself and the 
toolchain to build it is slowly opening...


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