Subject: Re: Did Sun exploit BSDs?
To: Ram Chandar <email@example.com>
From: Jason R Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/16/2002 07:32:56
On Mon, Dec 16, 2002 at 04:36:00PM +0530, Ram Chandar wrote:
> explaining how UNIX began, how Net/2 tapes helped see the birth of
> 386BSD, what BSD was and how BSD was exploited by Proprietary Software
> companies like Sun Microsystems, how GNU was born and the concept of
> Well, I know that the word "exploitation" is illegal, as use, if any,
> is completely valid as per the BSD license.
> But did they use any code from any (Free,Net,Open)BSDs at all?
Well, Sun's BSD-based OS existed long before any of the free BSD
projects did. And back then, BSD wasn't "open source" in the sense
that it is today -- it required a license from AT&T, since it still
had AT&T code in it.
While they may or may not have taken code from the free BSD projects
since, we, as a community, have made a concious decision to allow that
-- Jason R. Thorpe <email@example.com>