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Michael Sokolov msokolov at blackwidow.SOML.CWRU.Edu
Mon Aug 3 13:15:15 AEST 1998

   Greg Lehey <grog at> writes:
> [...] an SCO licence for 16 bit UNIX.  If we
> do it now, there will never be a license for 32 bit UNIX.
   Excuse me, sir, I have to make a point here. The SCO license _DOES_
cover 32-bit UNIX(R), namely 32V! 32V is the first version of UNIX for 32-
bit machines aka VAXen, and it's the mother of EVERYTHING known today as
West Coast UNIX, from 3BSD to the freebies, whether for VAXen or other 32-
bit CPUs.
   As I have said all along, PUPS's pre-hung-up'ness on PDP-11s has been
the source of a lot of grief for us the VAX lovers. It is the reason why
SCO's license talks so much about PDP-11s and the reason I have had so much
trouble obtaining the software I need, since everyone believes that the SCO
license is limited to 16-bit toys. Of course it is not, and in fact it is
the reason why Marshall Kirk McKusick is releasing the CD-ROMs with CSRG's
code (80% of which is 32-bit), but thanks to PUPS's pre-hung-up'ness on
PDP-11s, try to explain this to people!
   Thanks Daemon the gang is finally beginning to realize that UNIX(R) runs
on more than just PDP-11s.
   Michael Sokolov
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