| Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 12:14:31 +0000
| From: "Noirin Plunkett" <plunkett at gmail.com>
| On 13 Mar 2006 12:04:19 +0000, Ciaran O'Riordan <ciaran at fsfe.org> wrote:
| > [ The ] software [ has existed for ] 22-year[s ... ]
| Now you just sound deranged. Linux isn't that old [ ... ]
Ciaran's age is conservative; arguably a better epoch would
be the release of Unix 7th Edition, in c.1979 (c.27 years).
The reason? Because more-or-less everything in the *ix world
is based on that: The POSIX standards (and X/Open), all the
BSDs, most of the "common" utilities (including the Bourne
shell family (e.g., bash(1)), and on and on and on. And on.
Unix itself is c.10 years older, albeit there aren't that
many people around who used pre-7th Edition. (I myself
used both 6th Edition and PWB (albeit both just a little
bit), and have friends who used 5th Edition.)
Some software used nowadays on Linux predates even that
(Emacs, I _think_, assuming you start with the TECO-based
version). Not sure about TeX...? TECO itself (rewritten
in C) is available for Linux, and the original versions
date back to the early 1960s.
Ciaran's date is, IIRC, approximately that of the start of
the GNU project (arguably the start of FLOSS); that date,
and the 7th Edition release date, are perhaps the best two
candidates, even _if_ you are talking strictly about the
Linux kernel (in which case the Minux date, which is about
the same as the GNU date (IIRC), has a claim).
Not that any of this matters, except that it isn't Ciaran
who is sounding deranged.
p.s. then, of course, until the late 1960s, most software
was either freely shared, or available on reasonable
terms. User Groups existed to exchange and improve
software. not quite FLOSS, but similar.
p.p.s. I believe Dr Peter H Salus' book, being serialised
on Groklaw, goes more into this early history (at
least of *ix).
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