Caldera is releasing the source of some of the historical Unices it inherited through its acquisitions, including 16 bit UNIX Versions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 for the PDP-11 and 32-bit 32V UNIX. However, the more “interesting” UNIX versions, UNIX System III and UNIX System V (and their descendants) are purposely omitted (probably to prevent competition with UNIXWare and OpenServer, or to harvest the relevant technologies from them that Caldera wants to keep in its pocket.) A PDF of the license is available for viewing. The archives of the various historical UNIX ports is here.
Some Historical Unices Now Available
2002-01-24 Unix 5 Comments
Some companies that purchase other companies, LET THE PUBLIC use software their not going to support anymore. Unlike a certain PDA maker I know.
Hehe, if Palm follow’s Caldera’s lead, will see BeOS source when we’re all running pocket-sized quantum computers or something… These sources are for PDPs & VAXen, & AFAIK the source was available before anyway, but under a more restrictive license.
Yeah but they also kept things they might be using to. Palm could be/is using some of beos beia so them hanging onto it makes sence. Just because a company isn’t using something doesn’t mean they should be forced to give it away. Companies buy companies all the time just to keap the technology or resources out of the hands of other companies. I can’t think of a single company that goes around buying companies or their technologies so they can turn around and give them away. I doubt such a company would last long. I want to see Palm license BeOS too but yelling at them cause they won’t isn’t going to get anybody anywheres. People from Palm could very well be reading these forums and seeing people reactions to their moves. Them seeing people saying they hate Palm, won’t buy their stuff, and all out bashing Palm isn’t going to make them want to give the community anything. You can have your feelings on palm but keap them to yourself. I hope if people from Palm do read this site they relize there are simply a bunch of very upset people who just really want to see beos live and don’t know what to do but get mad. I for one am waiting for the new PalmOS powered by former Be engineers and their technology to come out. In a way that will be a BeOS/IA release for palm, and you can buy it at your local electronics store.
blah blah blah blah. I don’t give a fig about Palms plans. They ain’t gonna release a DESKTOP OS based of BeOS code. They ain’t gonna release the source code for BeOS. Their going to make PDA’s. It cost them NOTHING to slap a PE style license on Dano, and say “Here’s to all you BeOS users, it much but its the least we can do.” It would cost them NOTHING – – they RISK NOTHING. I mean how could a competitor use that against them???? But god forbid some blacktie take 3 seconds out of his/her busy day to okay that.
Caldera, however has:
– gained a little respect
– got some FREE advertising
– lost nothing
– shows the people they care about the computing industry as whole, and not just their own ass
I’ll wager to say Caldera will be in business 5 years from now as Caldera. Palm, five years from now will be owned by godonlyknowswho doing godonlyknowswhat. 5 years AGO, if we were to bet who would still be around in one decade PALM or CALDERA . . . how many of you would have said Caldera THEN?