Posted Mar 19, 2007 17:18 UTC (Mon) by filker0
In reply to: GNU/Busybox ?!?
Parent article: The road to freedom in the embedded world
Thanks for pointing this out. (I used to work for Mark Williams Co. in the 80s.)
And before the GNU project, there were free tools available (compilers, linkers, interpreters, editors, simulation software, etc.) distributed by various user groups (remember, this is a time before the Internet as we know it -- AARPAnet and BITnet were around, as were corporate and academic research networks, but it was difficult to get access to those) like DECUS acted as repositories and distributors for free (as in beer and as in freedom) software.
I used to know (and work with on occasion) one of the original authors of Coherent (also the author of Decus C and MicroEmacs), and along with a few other folks (myself included) we started working on a free Unix clone that we were going to call "Pubix". It never got very far, but that was in the early 1980s. When RMS published the GNU Manifesto and started up the GNU Project, we decided to follow that, as we had other things to do.
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