Ancient 8086/80286 unixes?

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Wed Sep 5 15:34:32 CDT 2007


On Wed, 5 Sep 2007, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> If my memory serves, the first ports of Unix for the 80286 weren't
> for the PC/AT (i.e. earlier) and were for Xenix, not Unix (yes, I
> know, a minor quibble).  It was an odd arrangement--Microsoft was
> working on the utilities, etc. and Intel was working on the kernel
> code.  The whole affair seemed to take forever.

IIRC, Xenix WAS Unix.  There were two parts of a Unix license, code and
name.  Xenix was fully licensed on code, but did not license the "Unix"
name trademark.
Leastwise, that's how it was written up in infoworld, etc. at the time.



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