[TUHS] A repository with 44 years of Unix evolution gets the MSR '15 Best Data Showcase Award

Derrik Walker v2.0 dwalker at doomd.net
Thu May 21 11:42:21 AEST 2015

On 05/18/2015 04:07 PM, Diomidis Spinellis wrote:
> Since early 2013 I've occasionally asked this list for help, and shared
> the progress regarding the creation of a Unix Git repository containing
> Unix releases from the 1970s until today [1].
> On Saturday I presented this work [2, 3] at MSR '15: The 12th Working
> Conference on Mining Software Repositories, and on Sunday I discussed
> the work with the participants over a poster [4] (complete with commits
> shown in a teletype (lcase) and a VT-220 font).  Amazingly, the work
> received the conference's "Best Data Showcase Award", for which I'm
> obviously very happy.
This work is AMAZING!  I've been collecting UNIX source code and 
documents since the mid '90's.  I have accumulated more that 20 gig of 
stuff ( including goodies like the NCD contributed CD they use to 
distribute with their X-tubes and one release of the Prime Time Freeware 
for UNIX ), and papers as PDF files I've found here and there ( like 
dmr's web page ).

But, my stuff is just a pile of barely organized sub-directories under 
~/unix on my main Linux system.  This work however ... is very well done.

Of course, I've snarked your paper and poster pdf's and am cloning the 
repository as I type this for my collection ( I only have the BSD stuff 
that's in the Archive ).

Congrats on the award.  It's well deserved!  And thanks for doing this!

I was wondering if you were planning on adding any of the Solaris stuff 
( I managed to get one source release of open Solaris before Oracle 
bought out sun ) or Darwin? Unfortunately, I don't seem to have the 
Darwin source anymore  ( some bits of my collection have been lost to 
time ), but I can contribute what I have of Open Solaris if you want it.

-- Derrik

Derrik Walker v2.0, RHCE
dwalker at doomd.net

"Those UNIX guys, they think weird!" -- John C. Dvorak

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