announcing the availability of 4.3BSD Usenix manuals

Mark Horton mark at cbosgd.ATT.COM
Fri Oct 3 13:57:53 AEST 1986

I thought AT&T put the V7 UNIX manual into the public domain.
Since the 4.3BSD manual is derived from 32V->3BSD->4.0BSD->4.1BSD
->4.2BSD->4.3BSD, and since 32V was V7 for the VAX, I don't
see what all the fuss is about.  It's not like there's System III
or System V stuff in the 4.3BSD manual.

Is it a legal technicality that the V7 and 32V distributions, while
nearly identical, are legally separate?  If that's the case, perhaps
the problem could be solved by some kind soul out there who has both
the V7 and 32V tapes.  This person could diff the two on-line manuals
and apply the diffs to the 4.3 online manuals, turning a 32V derived
manual into a V7 derived manual.  (This makes technical sense; I
wonder if it makes legal sense?)


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