[TUHS] While on the subject of 32V ...

Steve Nickolas usagi.tsukino at pinku.zzn.com
Wed Oct 22 05:45:45 AEST 2003

>From: Pat Villani <Pat.Villani at hp.com>
>Sent: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 09:35:40 -0400
>To: tuhs at tuhs.org
>Subject: [TUHS] While on the subject of 32V ...


>I recently copied down the 32V source, and compiled the kernel with
>gcc. Much to my surprise, most of it compiled. I then split out the
>machine dependent versus the machine independent files (loose
>classification :-), and compiled again. Naturally, in both cases, you
>could not actually build a kernel because there are vax specific .s
>files, but the individual C files compiled. Not a bad start.
Whew.  Goes to show something about GCC backward compatibility.

>As a result, I've been giving serious consideration to porting it to
>Intel IA32 platforms. It's much simpler than the unix I worked on
>until last year (Tru64, aka OSF/1 and Digital UNIX), and the 32V
>kernel is only a little bigger than the original FreeDOS kernel I
>wrote. The Caldera license is pretty much a BSD license, which could
>be considered an open source license. This means I should be able to
>work on it without worrying about IP, although I'd still need 
>management approval.

It's basically the old (with advertising) BSD license, AFAICT.

>Should I undertake such an project, would there be enough interest to
>justify the effort?

I for one would be interested... :)



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