Message ID: 273793
Posted By: nobbutl
Posted On: 2005-06-14 20:46:00
Subject: Copyrights in OpenSolaris source

Ok, well here's the first glance at what gives. The source is available from Sun as a torrent ( for a 44.3 Mb .tar.bz2 which untars to 27916 files in a tree under usr/src.

The stuff included is currently the kernel and the userspace. Drivers and help files are not yet available (see the roadmap at Astute Y!SCOXers will recall that SCOX has occasionally been uppity about help files.

The copyrights in there are predominantly Sun Microsystems, of course. But there's huge quantities of AT&T, USL, Bell Labs and UCB. Also FSF and *Microsoft*, DEC, HP, Linus, BSD, Larry Wall, Jeff Garzik, Red Hat, MIT, CMU, ANU, AMD, Intel, RSA, "Lehman Brotchers, Inc" (sic) ... and many many many more. (Incidentally, who were Mortice Kern Systems Inc.??)

I have so far seen *NO* copyright notices for Caldera, Santa Cruz, or SCO. None at all. Nor any for IBM. Could have missed some, but...

Make of that what you will.

I might post a Microsoft file just for kicks... but it's late.

Message ID: 273797
Posted By: atul666
Posted On: 2005-06-14 21:05:00
Subject: Re: Copyrights in OpenSolaris source

Mortice Kern Systems has a bunch of products, but they're best known for their MKS Toolkit, which provides a set of Unix-like tools on DOS& Windows-based systems.

Their website's here:

I prefer Cygwin myself, but MKS Toolkit has been around for years upon years, and was your only Unix-on-M$ option for a long time.

Message ID: 273798
Posted By: nobbutl
Posted On: 2005-06-14 21:10:00
Subject: Re: Copyrights in OpenSolaris source

Thanks mate, that's an interesting detail.

By the way, it turns out that the MS contaminated stuff includes grep, cron and login... night, all!

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