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usl vs bsd

the following files come from uunet, between 1992 and 1993 about the case
between usl (unix system laboratories) and bsd (berkeley software distribution)
; some files do come from bsdi itself (but its ftp)

it was funny that usl attacked bsd to later discover that usl had took code
from bsd and ripping away the bsd copyright notices to put that code into
their stuff...

secret settlement no longer secret

the settlement agreement had a provision that did forbid the signatories to
publish it. those were : Chris Demetriou (netbsd signatory), Rob Kolstad
(bsd/os signatory) and Jordan K. Hubbard (freebsd signatory). but thanks to
a groklaw contributor (dburns) a copy has been recently obtained of that
settlement, which is signed 2/4/1994 between USL and UCB on that matter.
the pdf version is available here below and groklaw has a text rendition
[ local copy  ] (groklaw.net).

USL-UCB 1994 agreement (pdf, 2.1 mb) [ gzipped pdf here (1.6 mb) ]

the agreement is pretty clear on the fact that by signing the agreement and
putting the mutual lawsuits behind, novell agreed that anyone based on 4.4
lite 2 going forward would be free and clear. the agreement is binding on
both parties.

there has never been system v code in bsd. the ip which connected bsd with
the suit is derived from pre-system v and system iii versions of unix.

give credit where it's due

while most files here do come from the venerable dennis ritchie, many people
do link this page about those (including wikipedia). this page would not exist
without him collecting that valuable information (:

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[ 00001 ] ( *) annoucement from rob kolstad (bsdi)
[ 00010 ] ( *) annoucement from keith bostic (uc kerkeley)

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[ 00011 ] ( *) 920420.complaint
[ 00100 ] ( *) 920501.documents
[ 00101 ] (**) 920501.interrog
[ 00110 ] ( *) 920526.dismiss
[ 00111 ] ( *) 920610.release
[ 01000 ] ( *) 920714.release
[ 01001 ] ( *) 920724.complaint
[ 01010 ] ( *) 930107.amicus
[ 01011 ] ( *) 930108.oppose
[ 01100 ] ( *) 930119.mckusick.decl.2
[ 01101 ] ( *) 930119.sup-amicus
[ 01110 ] ( *) 930120.oppose.2
[ 01111 ] ( *) 930303.ruling
[ 10000 ] (**) 930610.ucb_complaint
[ 10001 ] (**) 940206.settled
[ 10010 ] (**) 940208.update

files marked * come from uunet
files marked ** from from bsdi

after the ruling, the university of berkeley filed a separate suit under
the californian court system. the university's complaint has been
supplied by harlan wilkerson

docket for the case as supplied by frank sorenson (sco.tuxrocks.com):

rulings :

o march 3, 1993
o march 30, 1993
o june 29, 1993
o september 7, 1993

university of california's license to at&t for use of bsd materials in sys V.
(pdf scan of the 1986 license). plain-text transcription by pamela jones
of groklaw via wilkerson.

you should also read the OSI position regarding the sco vs. ibm issue,
it's a very interesting read that breaks down a lot of sco fud - author:
eric raymond

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here below are threads of discussion from various bsd usenet groups related to
bsd (not always directly with the suit itself though)

The 4.4BSD-Lite distribution announcement
Isn't NET2 now almost certainly free?
UC Berkeley Embroiled in Computer Software Lawsuit
UNIX Awards Highlight
Judge's decision is on uunet
BSDI lawsuit
Update on the USL Lawsuit
Re: UNIGRAM's article on the USL-BSDI suit

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last update: Mon Jan  3 02:57:12 UTC 2005