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

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Mon Sep 4 01:59:47 AEST 2023

On Sun, Sep 3, 2023 at 5:26 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)

There is (or was) a github repo that has Solaris 2.5, 2.6, 8 and 11 sources.

System III sources are out there, lots of copies, but they all appear
to come from the same root source and have just been repackaged.

> 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)

Bitsavers also has sources for the IS/1 or similar to a number of different
68k machines, but it's only the kernel. It's V7 based, but with bits of
system III
and system V tossed in.

Also, it's not hard to find SystemVr1 (for VAX and PDP-11), r2, r3 (several)
and r4 online.

> ULTRIX-11 (at least 3.1)

This is buildable, and legit with permission from DEC. At least parts of it
are buildable, I've not tried to do a full system gen from sources.

> 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

hpux has a lot of docs out there. And a lot of binaries, but little source.
one of the few I've not found sources for when I was doing research on how
sync behaved, for example.

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