"The new owner of Bell Labs original Unix is still wrestling
with how to make the source code to its true ancestor publicly
available, but has suggested that Sun Microsystems' Java license
could provide an attractive model. Caldera CEO Ransom Love told
The Register that once the acquisition of rights to the Santa Cruz
Operation's UnixWare was approved, then the source code would be
made available, only "it's a question of when, and how."
"Caldera's licensing looks to fall into three categories.
Firstly, there's stuff it doesn't own and can't release: Compaq's
NonStop Clusters (originally devised by Tandem), and Veritas' file
system for example. ... Secondly, there's stuff that Caldera sees
an advantage in releasing first, because as Love told us, "you've
got to preserve resellers' value." ... Finally there's the release
of UnixWare itself, which is something of a special case, being the
direct ancestor of AT&T's original Unix code. The
cross-pollination between AT&T's Unix and BSD derivatives is
"Love emphatically promised to drop the UnixWare source license
fee, but agreed with our suggestion that a "controlled" license
along the lines of JCP would be both workable and appropriate.
UnixWare is currently licensed (with various degrees of enthusiasm)
by Unisys, IBM, ECM's DG division (still trading as Data General),
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