[TUHS] Illumos )

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Wed Dec 31 23:13:35 AEST 2014

Wesley Parish scripsit:

> [The] primary importance [of Solaris forks], from my POV, is that they
> keep the POSIX space open for experimentation: a Linux monoculture's
> as deadening as a MS Windows monoculture or a \[choose your own poison\]
> monoculture ...

Well, BSD does that.  But Solaris is the only descendant of System V for
which we have source, which means that in non-Posix cases it can give
us helpful information how the original Unix code fared after leaving
the Labs.  By comparison, both Linux and BSD are clones.

John Cowan          http://www.ccil.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
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