How the Mac was born... supposedly...

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Thu Jan 13 11:12:26 2005

On Wed, 12 Jan 2005, Tom Jennings wrote:

> > cheap. I think that was probably a big part of the initial attraction to
> > Linux: a Unix box of your own.
> It didn't take much hardware to run a real unix in 1994, even:


> It was stuff like *this* and not linux that made the early internet
> explode. No fault of linux, it simply wasn't around then.

Hi Tom.

Are you saying that Linux wasn't around in 1994?

> (Ugh, and I had an UNLIMITED BSD/I site license, for which paid
> like $100 (seriously), from the "factory", talk about deals of the
> century. Around 1995? It got sold with the rest of the assets of
> I gave the original BSD/I box away a few years back to a
> collector friend. I was storing glue in it (it once was just an
> old box :-))

That's another part of the point: Linux was free. No site license
required. And it worked. Sure, even if most people could get an
unlimited BSD site license for the cheap price of $100, that was still a
barrier to wide mainstream adoption of Unix as a PC platform, considering
DOS was effectively free and it could do a lot of what you wanted.
Certainly not as much as a Unix system, let alone BSD/I, but the other
thing to keep in mind was that just KNOWING that a cheapish BSD license
was available was not widely known. Only those in certain college and
university CS circles might have known that. I certainly don't recall
knowing that you could get a BSD license in the little community college
where I took some CS courses. As far as I knew, SCO was the shit if you
wanted Unix on a PC (circa 1990-1991). This all changed when Linux came
out. It seemed like EVERYONE found out about it as it quite literally
took the hacker community by storm and spread quickly and widely.

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