[TUHS] How good a representative of System V is Solaris

Larry McVoy lm at bitmover.com
Fri May 29 03:40:23 AEST 2009

I don't think there is much similarity between solaris and the old 
system v.  There is some in that sun was pedantic about command 
line / libc / syscall compat (to their detriment in my opinion)
but much has been changed.  Just start diffing.

On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 01:00:35PM -0400, Michael Kerpan wrote:
> As a long-time Linux user and a long time Unix history buff, I've been
> wanting to "play" with classic Unix variants for quite some time.
> Obviously, Research Unix up through V7 and the BSDs are readily
> available and I've at least mucked around with them, but post-V7 AT&T
> Unices have always been unavailable, at least at any price that I can
> afford on my college student budget. Solaris, however, at least
> started out as an implementation of SVR4 and is freely available. How
> much of System V still lurks inside Solaris 10 (the last version to
> include such traditional workstation elements as CDE and DPS in the X
> server) and how much has been removed in favor of a more GNU-ish
> userland experience? Is Solaris a good way to get a System V
> experience without breaking either the bank or copyright law, or is
> this a hopeless situation?
> Mike
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