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Groklaw: The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin--Ch. 13

Jun 27, 2005, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter H. Salus)

"From late 1986 on, Keith Bostic would stand up at each USENIX Conference and announce the progress of his--the CSRG's--project: about 35% of the code was AT&T license free; about 55%; about 77%... The progress may have seemed slow at times, but the was always some progress.

"And there were always loud cheers and resounding applause.

"AT&T's lawyers had started off on the wrong foot in the mid-1970s; the fee structure made AT&T-license-free UNIX a financial necessity. Among others, John Gilmore nudged the CSRG to produce a license-free version. After all, it was clear that AT&T hadn't objected to Minix, which was a UNIX-like system with no AT&T code..."

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