[pups] Interesting PDP/Xenix History
lars at fwn.rug.nl
Thu Mar 28 09:24:11 AEST 2002
I'm getting really confused with all these companies. If I understand
AT&T/Western Electric sold UNIX rights to Microsoft.
Microsoft had HCR develop XENIX from V7.
SCO licensed XENIX from Microsoft.
SCO then subsubsublicensed XENIX to various vendors.
Please correct me. I must be wrong.
(What happened to our MERT discussion anyway? :-)
Long & winding PS.: I read this really cute book about Linux at my local
library some time ago. It discussed UNIX, Linux, their relation, and the
current state of affairs when it was written -- in 1994. The book
started out with an etymology of XENIX, which would have been derived
from Dutch "'k Zie niks," meaning "I don't see a thing" -- the first
thing Dutch users uttered when XENIX booted.
Last year, I talked to a fellow member of the HCC (Hobby Computer Club)
UNIX gg (gebruikersgroep, user group) who remembered his worst
experience with UNIX -- having to use XENIX. He was still shocked by its
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