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Windows It's been a while since the latest Microsoft-should-open-source-Windows article, so SJVN felt compelled to write one. "Although Microsoft may claim otherwise, Vista, from both from a technical and business point of view, is proving to be a failure. Why not turn it over to people who have shown time after time that they can deliver the goods?"
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nberardi
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2005-07-10

And when did it all start to go wrong for UNIX? When it was made proprietary?


UNIX was always proprietary, maybe you should re-read your history http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix , it wasn't until Berkley decided to make BSD that the UNIX idea emerged from the proprietary idea. Then from BSD emerged NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and Solaris. Then Linus came a long and took the same UNIX ideas and made Linux.

But in the beginning UNIX was a commercial product for commercial purposes and AT&T licensed it out for many years until SCO bought the rights to the license during the break up of AT&T.

So with out the funding of mega proprietary organizations like AT&T and GE UNIX would never exist. So do us all a favor at OSNews and read a book or at least a wikipedia article.

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twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

UNIX was always proprietary, maybe you should re-read your history http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix ,


UNIX was always open source until System III. See "A Quarter Century of UNIX", or "Twenty Years of Berkeley UNIX".

it wasn't until Berkley decided to make BSD


Which happened around 1978, or the same timeframe as V6/7.

But in the beginning UNIX was a commercial product for commercial purposes and AT&T licensed it out for many years until SCO bought the rights to the license during the break up of AT&T.


No, in the middle UNIX was a commercial product, because before AT&T's breakup (and the release of System III) it wasn't allowed to make money out of UNIX. See the sources cited previously. And actually SCO was only one of many licensees, such as Sun, during and after the breakup. It wasn't until AT&T sold the rights to UNIX to Novell (in, I think, the early nineties) that it became a non-AT&T product.

So with out the funding of mega proprietary organizations like AT&T and GE UNIX would never exist. So do us all a favor at OSNews and read a book or at least a wikipedia article.


So I've never read a book on UNIX or even a Wikipedia article, eh? Well even if that's true it seems I still have my facts more right than you on the subject.

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nberardi Member since:
2005-07-10

So I've never read a book on UNIX or even a Wikipedia article, eh? Well even if that's true it seems I still have my facts more right than you on the subject.


That is great that you believe, it is even sort of cute. Go back and re-read the article and maybe take a big look at the picture, and the first couple sentences of the History of UNIX on the wikipedia page.

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