Subject: Re: SCO's actions
To: Greg 'groggy' Lehey <>
From: Rick Kelly <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 05/22/2003 20:09:02
Greg 'groggy' Lehey said:

>Some people did, but admittedly, not many.  I spent $1000 on BSD/386
>at that time, but admittedly, part of the reason for that was the
>source code.  I can't recall: was SCO UNIX cheaper than UnixWare?

Well, BSDI is twice that now. :-)

You could get SCO SVR3.2 with no X or compiler ( or includes ) for around
$700. That had a wired 1-user ATT license.

Novell had a desktop license for Unixware, which I think was under $1000.

>I don't think that many people in 1992 were expecting free BSD or
>Linux to take off.  I certainly wasn't.

In 1992 I had a 386 box running Coherent and Cnews that brought in my
mail and news. Automated UUCP that I'd already had up and running for
around 4 years at that point. My first NetBSD box came up in April 1994.

>You'll also recall how out of date X was at the time.  Commercial UNIX
>shipped with X11R3, BSD/386 shipped with X11R5.

Except Sun was shipping X11R4.

Rick Kelly