Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
Posted Jan 31, 2012 20:20 UTC (Tue) by BrucePerens
In reply to: Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
Parent article: Garrett: The ongoing fight against GPL enforcement
Oh, and Bruce Fscking Perens got the idea of a swiss-army-knife executable from gzip, it was not original with him:
You've repeated this one for years, and it's wrong, wrong, wrong. I did not get the idea of linking all of the names to one executable from gzip, and I never claimed that particular element of busybox as an invention.
I first worked on Unix at the NYIT Computer Graphics Laboratory, the predecessor of Pixar, in 1981. At the time we had Version 6 Unix on PDP-11 and we were just getting the first VAX to be released from DEC. The device of linking multiple names to one executable was present in the command line tool set of Version 6 Unix, and you can probably go to a V6 source archive and find it there today. It was not invented as part of gzip.
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