Subject: Re: Research questions WRT SCO's complaint
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 10:15:36 +0000

on Tue, Mar 25, 2003 at 06:58:08PM +1100, Ben Elliston ( wrote:
> "Karsten M. Self" <> writes:
> > Anyone with answers to the following:
> >   - What x86 Unices have there been?  When did they emerge?  I'm aware
> >     of Xenix (which became SCO), Solaris X86, BSDi, FreeBSD, OpenBSD,
> >     NetBSD, AIX/86, Dynix, and (for a broad definition of Intel
> >     architechtures), QNX.  I'm not clear of timelines.  And any others
> >     would be welcomed.
> Your best bet would be to consult The Unix History Society
> ( which has a graph that shows the development
> timelines.  It would serve as a good place to check to make sure
> you've not forgotten any.  Your list looks pretty complete, but what
> about 386BSD and Coherent UNIX?

Eric Raymond's FAQ on PC-based Unix systems from the early 1990s is an
invaluable resource in this regard.

Eric's posted his own response to the SCO suit, currently in draft form
at OSI (, and references this FAQ.

It's also interesting reading from a memory lane perspective.


Karsten M. Self <>
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