[TUHS] Saving the Unix Bits

William Pechter pechter at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 06:53:43 AEST 2018

One thing I'd like to see saved for the historical value is Pyramid OS/x.
It was one of those things I'd have liked to see the internals of -- but I
wasn't supposed to have that level accesss in Ed Services.

It is an interesting mix of both the SysV and BSD environments and it's a
shame it's probably completely gone now.

I think the last work on it may have been at Siemens, since I think the
last bit of Pyramid that was left was rumored to
go to SVR4 (I was there for the DC/OSx transition -- I worked on the
courseware fixes and beta testing).

I heard from a friend that they may have gone to Solaris before the end
hit.  I think they were swallowed by Fujitsu.

Amazingly, I heard some of my SVR4 courseware stuff ended up in
illustrations used in Solaris courseware.  My name was in the illustration
of the password file.  A trainer hired at least 5 years after me went to
Sun and I hear some of my stuff went along for the ride.

I long wished they had done the full Linux dual universe thing on a *BSD

I'd be running FreeBSD on my desktop if I could just watch Netflix with
it.  Linux, Windows and MacOS have enough pull for Google to port their


  d|i|g|i|t|a|l had it THEN.  Don't you wish you could still buy it now!

On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 4:34 PM Warren Toomey <wkt at tuhs.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 04, 2018 at 01:58:04PM -0400, Noel Chiappa wrote:
> > True; but if all the copies of a particular item are discarded, one can
> make
> > all the lawyers on the planet as happy as clams, and it won't do a bit of
> > good. Save the bits, _then_ work out the legal issues, is my thinking on
> > priorities.
> I'll also follow up on Henry and Noel's e-mail w.r.t the Unix Archive that
> TUHS provides. The only files in the public archive are ones where the
> legal
> issues have been resolved. I also keep a hidden archive of files where the
> legal issues have not been resolved.
> As always, if you would like me to keep an off-site backup of your Unix
> bits, the hidden Unix archive is write-only. Save the bits, and also
> be mindful of the legal issues.
> Cheers, Warren
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