Latest PDP-11 UNIX email from SCO

Warren Toomey wkt at
Wed Aug 27 10:45:58 AEST 1997

	Here is the latest email from SCO with regards to PDP-11 UNIX
source licenses. I'll add one comment at the bottom.

Please treat this as YOUR EYES ONLY. I haven't got permission from Dion
to forward this on (yet), but I think that more pairs of eyes than just
mine need to have a look at it for any problems.

----- Forwarded message from Dion -----

  From: Dion <dionj at sco.COM>
  X-Mailer: SCO OpenServer Mail Release 5.0
  To: wkt at
  Subject: Re: Touching Base!
  Date: Tue, 26 Aug 97 12:45:07 PDT


Good progress.  We have some positive consensus developing.
Here is the proposed license terms (roughly, not fully legalized
yet).  Please let me know if you see any problems with this

Here are the terms that I think make sense:
License terms:
* the license covers the entire distributions (source code, binaries and
  documentation) of the following versions of UNIX:
            o 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Edition UNIX
            o 32V UNIX
            o PWB/UNIX
            o those portions of all 2BSD releases which are derived from UNIX
              source code

* licensees have these rights wrt the binaries and source code of the above
  versions of UNIX:

otherwise modify
transmit electronically

* These rights are licensed to noncommercial users.  The source may
  not be sold nor used to develop commercial versions of UNIX.

* licensees have the right to install UNIX binaries on PDP-11 hardware and
  PDP-11 emulating software

* licensees have the right to allow noncommercial use the UNIX binaries on
  systems for which the product is licensed.
   (Note that the latter is already permitted, given SCO's binary license
    agreement for 5th, 6th and 7th Edition UNIX. We would also be happy with the
    following conditions imposed in the source code and binary license for
    PDP-11 UNIXes)
* license is not transferable.

* source code covered by the license cannot be distributed or disclosed
  to people not covered by the license.  The licensees are permitted to
  collaborate on modifications and mutually share their modifications.

* SCO is not required to provide copies of any source code, binaries or
  documentation with the source code and binary license for PDP-11 UNIXes

License Fee:  SCO charges a one-time license fee of $100 per licensee,
for a site license for one organization.

We may, at some future time, provide source distributions (if/when
we can find the sources), but this is not committed.  We know that
the licensees have, between them, most of the needed sources.

----- End of forwarded message from Dion -----

My comment. The only thing I want to change is:

	* licensees have the right to install UNIX binaries on PDP-11 hardware
	  and PDP-11 emulating software


	* licensees have the right to install UNIX software on PDP-11 hardware
	  and PDP-11 emulating software

This allows us to install source so as to modify it or to rebuild kernels etc.

I briefly raised the issue of source distribution (SCO or me? FTP or CD-ROM?),
but I suggested that we leave it until the licenses go on sale.

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	Warren	wkt at

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