[TUHS] Status of Net/2

Jason Stevens jsteve at superglobalmegacorp.com
Tue May 18 11:33:40 AEST 2021

Nobody ever said peep when I ‘mashed’ enough 386BSD and what was available from NetBSD 0.9 and the NetBSD 0.8 to make 0.8 work…  The closest I got is ‘why do you want that we have version 17!’ or whatever $HEAD is .  I guess in the same way I was more interested in preserving 386BSD 0.0, and again nobody ever told me to stop.

I guess in the same way nobody told me to stop making Mach 2.6 available, or even Darwin 0.3 for i386.

I wanted to take that IBM 4.4BSD and try to replace enough of 386BSD 0.1 pl32 to have something more akin to ‘real’ 4.4 BSD.  Although I have a bunch of things I need to wrap up before I take that on (people are actually looking for bug fixes for Quake II on MS-DOS of all things….).

I don’t think its exactly policed like 1984, although I think people are more excited about RIAA/MPAA than things like Unix.


From: Greg 'groggy' Lehey
Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2020 9:41 AM
To: Warner Losh
Cc: The Eunuchs Hysterical Society
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Status of Net/2

On Friday, 15 May 2020 at 18:49:44 -0600, Warner Losh wrote:
> What's the current status of net/2?
> I ask because I have a FreeBSD CVS repo that I'd like to make
> available. Some of the files in it are encumbered, though, and the
> University of California has communicated that fact. But what does
> actually mean now that V7 has been released and that's what the files
> based on? Are they no longer encumbered?

To the best of my knowledge, Net/2 would be covered by the license
granted by Caldera on 23 January 2002:

  Caldera International, Inc. hereby grants a fee free license that
  includes the rights use, modify and distribute this named source
  code, including creating derived binary products created from the
  source code. The source code for which Caldera International,
  Inc. grants rights are limited to the following UNIX Operating
  Systems that operate on the 16-Bit PDP-11 CPU and early versions of
  the 32-Bit UNIX Operating System, with specific exclusion of UNIX
  System III and UNIX System V and successor operating systems:

     32-bit 32V UNIX
     16 bit UNIX Versions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

I'm attaching the PDF of the license agreement, along with an email
from Dion Johnson to wkt (misspelt as wht) the following day.

It doesn't specifically address any particular operating system, but
it was my understanding that this would free all BSD versions.

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