[AUUG-Talk]: Proprietary Unixes (Dead?)

Chris Maltby chris at sw.oz.au
Fri Oct 5 23:55:48 EST 2007

> On Thu, 4 Oct 2007 00:37:23 +1000 Chris Maltby <chris at sw.oz.au> wrote:
>> But don't forget the BSD family - the Unix (and open source) world 
>> contains more than "just" the Linux based systems in the viable category.

On Fri, Oct 05, 2007 at 11:37:29PM +1000, Norberto Meijome wrote:
> I agree, but i don't see how BSD falls into  the 'propietary unix'
> (unless you deem *BSD  inheritors of the propietary BSDs of the 80s....)

The original message in this thread appeared to imply that the only
remaining viable inheritor of "proprietary" Unix was Linux. That's
obviously rubbish.

Whether the *BSDs are closer to some lost Unix ideal than Linux is more
a religious question. I take the view that they are, if only because
they inherited the last Unix codebase to escape from Bell Labs in the
pre-divestiture days - when Unix *was* recognisibly an open source


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