[TUHS] Were any of the commercial unixes source-available?

Marc Donner marc.donner at gmail.com
Sun Sep 3 22:40:59 AEST 2023

My team at Morgan Stanley had a source license to SunOS in the early ‘90s.
We tried to secure a license to AIX source but never succeeded.

On Sun, Sep 3, 2023 at 7:26 AM Andrew Warkentin <andreww591 at gmail.com>

> On 9/2/23, Joseph Holsten <joseph at josephholsten.com> wrote:
> > I’ve been playing around trying to link the OpenSolaris launch commit to
> > various pieces in the Unix History Repository, and it’s making me wonder
> if
> > we’ll ever have a chance to see the history of the systems.
> >
> > I’m less concerned about HPUX, AIX and SCO’s offerings since I presume
> > someone has copy inside these companies. But what about A/UX, Irix,
> Tru64?
> > Did these ever get sold with licenses to source tapes? Are there copies
> we
> > need to preserve in-camera so something can exist 120 years after
> creation
> > or whenever copyright expires?
> >
> There are source leaks for quite a few commercial Unices floating
> around in various places. These are the ones I'm aware of:
> A/UX (0.7, which is complete, and 2.x, which is only the kernel)
> AIX 4.1.3 (most of the kernel and some of user space, possibly
> complete enough to build)
> BSD/OS (various versions, probably complete)
> DEC OSF/1 (1.0 and 2.0; these seem reasonably complete)
> DYNIX 3.x (several versions, possibly complete enough to build)
> DYNIX/PTX (4.x?; possibly complete enough to build)
> IRIX 6.5.5 (missing quite a few major packages and nowhere near
> complete enough to build)
> MIPS RISC/os 4.52 (possibly complete)
> SGI System V GL2-W3.7 (for the IRIS 3000 68K machines; probably complete)
> SunOS 4.1.3 (seems to be the complete base system)
> System V for the 3b2 (several 3.x versions, possibly complete)
> System V for the UNIX PC (3.51, possibly complete)
> System V/386 4.2 (possibly complete)
> ULTRIX-11 (at least 3.1)
> ULTRIX-32 (2.0, which has been confirmed to build by someone else, and
> 4.2, which is also fairly complete)
> I haven't looked at any of these in depth, so I'm not completely sure
> of the status of any of them except for A/UX and ULTRIX
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