CD-ROM from SCO unlikely

Greg Lehey grog at
Thu Feb 26 09:24:34 AEST 1998

On Thu, 26 February 1998 at  9:37:10 +1100, Warren Toomey wrote:
> Dion in SCO says:
>> What about SCO including a CD-ROM with each license. Do you think they'd
>> be prepared to do this?
>> Well... hmmm... we are not really staffed in the legal dept and
>> free stuff programs to do this.  I was hoping you enthusiasts already
>> have all the code and can share it among yourselves as needed.
>> E.g. if a new player wants the stuff, they send us $100 and a
>> filled out license form.  Then we notify you (or notify the PUPS
>> society) that this person is licensed, and you guys figure out
>> how to service the new guy.  Would that work?
> So it looks like we're going to be cutting our own media. At least the SCO
> license allows us to charge for copying and distribution :-)

Don't say I didn't tell you.

I wonder if it's worth doing CD-ROMs for a few hundred people.
Initially you might sell 200, but then the rest would come over a
period of time, during which there would be updates.  In addition, the
CD-ROM format isn't ideal for everybody: many would like it on tape.
I'd suggest that somebody cut WORMs for those who want it on CD-ROM,
and tapes for those who want it on tape.  I can offer a variety of
tape formats, including (soon, hopefully) whatever a TS05 can write
(what's that?  1600bpi?), but not WORMs.


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