Subject: Re: SCO's actions
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg 'groggy' Lehey <email@example.com>
Date: 05/23/2003 11:22:38
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On Thursday, 22 May 2003 at 13:17:04 -0600, Rick Kelly wrote:
> Greg 'groggy' Lehey said:
>> I wonder how many people know this. It's an interesting indication of
>> how important UNIX System V is nowadays.
> Look at it this way:
> By 1992, all the big boys who were going to buy SVR4.x licenses had probably
> done it. The small companies that were trying to sell SVR4 for the Intel pc
> platform were already realizing that people wouldn't pay $1000-$2000 for
> UNIX on a personal computer.
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?
> Those who were running SVR3 on Intel were most likely ready to wait
> for Linux or *BSD.
I don't think that many people in 1992 were expecting free BSD or
Linux to take off. I certainly wasn't.
> XFree86 came along to offset the horrible prices that UNIX vendors
> charged for X.
You'll also recall how out of date X was at the time. Commercial UNIX
shipped with X11R3, BSD/386 shipped with X11R5.
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