A small correction

Story: Did Bill Gates Invent Linux and Has He Erased the Evidence?Total Replies: 3
Author Content

Nov 04, 2005
11:37 AM EDT
"Dr. Heinz Lycklama represented the Microsoft/Unysis consortium."

Heinz was called in as a POSIX expert by the lawyers representing one of the protesting companies. (TiSoft maybe?) Dr. Peter Salus was also part of the debate for the other side (http://www.groklaw.net/staticpages/index.php?page=2005101323...). So was Shane McCarron (who was Secretary of the IEEE POSIX Sponsor Executive Committee at the time). So was Dr. Jeff Haemer (http://goyishekop.blogspot.com/).

I was the testifying POSIX expert on the Unisys side. Yes, Microsoft's D.C. legal firm had lawyers working with UNISYS external counsel (Wiley, Rein and Fielding). I was hired by W,R & F.

Sun was giving lawyers to one of the protesters on the other side, because it was bidding Sun servers. The other protesting company was bidding Mac as a client with SCO servers. (This was before the Mac was a creation of UNIX beauty and needed some funny emulator on it, and SCO was merely a cheap UNIX on Intel and hadn't been acquired by the Canopy Group as a litigation tool against IBM.) The entire case was just wrong. The protesting companies made claims that were simply incorrect. That's why they lost. The reporting was sensational and wrong. That's why I wrote the article for USENIX ;login: once I was out from under the embargo of the appeals time frame. (I was the USENIX representative to the IEEE POSIX working groups, as Shane and Jeff both were before me.)

Transparency is a good thing.

Nov 04, 2005
12:16 PM EDT
I believe that the mac actually had a version of Unix.


checking the groklaw grokline unix timeline page:


shows many entries for apple before darwin. http://www.grokline.net/detail_release.php?id=324

from grokline: "A/UX 1.0 was based on UNIX System V with some BSD enhancements. A/UX 2.0 was based on SVR2 with 4.2BSD A/UX 3.0 was based on SVR2.2 with 4.3BSD en SVR3/4 extensions

It is POSIX and SVID (System V Interface Definition) compliant "

Nov 04, 2005
1:56 PM EDT
Took me a bit of hunting. It was actually MachTen from Tenon.com: http://www.tenon.com/products/machten/

Nov 04, 2005
4:56 PM EDT

Hello. Nice that you helped straighten things out.

We found your article and published another article about it.

In fact, it's at this link:


Hopefully, we did you justice.

Posting in this forum is limited to members of the group: [ForumMods, SITEADMINS, MEMBERS.]

Becoming a member of LXer is easy and free. Join Us!