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Re: Free system that could be "real Unix".

From: mike3
Subject: Re: Free system that could be "real Unix".
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 00:21:48 -0700
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On Oct 10, 5:49 pm, John Hasler <> wrote:
> mike3 writes:
> > Would it be possible to construct a Free (note the capital "F") operating
> > system that would be capable of meeting all the UNIX standards (POSIX,
> > SUS, etc.) precisely enough to be able to be certified by The Open Group
> > as UNIX(R)...
> Any major Linux distribution could qualify, but nobody cares any more.

You sure? I thought they would require modification. But I'm not
sure just how extensive it would need to be. If it is not be a huge
amount,  perhaps, just perhaps, one might "drift" over the "sweet
but of course nothing would really happen since the creators would
either a) not notice it or b) not have the money to actually pay The
Open Group to certify it. And, UNIX is just a label really, so even
if it is not certified to be legally branded as such that does not
make it any worse in terms of quality, capability, etc., especially if
it were to otherwise meet all the relevant standards.

> > need certification to even call a system "Unix", not just to call
> > it "UNIX(R)"...
> You need the trademark owner's permission to use the mark UNIX (or unix, or
> Unix, or uniX...) as a label to sell it.

I suppose. But I'm not talking about actually selling it as UNIX(R),
Unix, unix, uniX, or whatever, I'm just talking about the possibility
making a system that would be capable of passing the certification
(which is the usual path by which said permission is granted.), and
hence could be called "Unix" in the sense of something that conforms
completely to the relevant standards, even if not legally marketable
as such (unless one paid the gazillions of bucks needed for
certification to get the permission to use the trademark.).

BTW, what do you think of the conception that if it's "Unix", it's a
"powerful" OS?

> --
> John Hasler
> Dancing Horse Hill
> Elmwood, WI USA

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