Interview with Andrew Tanenbaum (LinuxFr.org)
Posted Nov 18, 2011 0:36 UTC (Fri) by horen
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I'm not a developer or programmer -- just a Unix user/sysadmin since the mid-1980s -- but I believe the "BSD 'coulda been a contenda'" talk is incorrect. During the mid-to-late 1980s, BSD was great because it (SunOS, a modified version of BSD/4.1) ran on Sun's Motorola 680xx-series workstations, and academic institutions (by far the largest user-base) had made a serious and significant investment in that hardware. Sun's move to the SPARC architecture was the beginning-of-the-end, and the move from BSD-based SunOS to SVR4-based Solaris was the death-knell.
It wasn't only academic users/developers who got bit; there were lots of small software houses which simply couldn't "toss" their hardware investment.
Was SMCC wrong? Dunno... they're history, and I'm still here.
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