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The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin - Table of Contents
Thursday, May 19 2005 @ 09:23 AM EDT

Here is a note to readers from Dr. Peter H. Salus regarding his book, "The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin," which he is publishing in installments on Groklaw under the Creative Commons license, 2.0, attribution, noncommercial, noderivatives. The next installment will follow immediately.

Here are the chapters published to date:


The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin

~ by Peter H. Salus

A note to my readers

There have been a very large number of queries and many comments concerning my work and its development. As a consequence, I've decided to post my "Table of Contents," which I think of as a roadmap. This is not (yet) cast in concrete. I had not planned (for example) the Excursus between Chapters 8 and 9 until last week. But here's my plan. PHS

  • Preface
  • 0. 1968 and 1969
  • 1. Ancient History: IBM & SHARE; DARPA & IPTO
  • Excursus: The Law
  • 2. UNIX
  • 3. The Users
  • 4. A tale of two editors
  • 5. UUCP & USENET
  • 6. 1979: V7
  • 7. BSD
  • 8. "Free as in freedom"
  • Excursus: Hardware
  • 9. Minix
  • 10. SUN and gcc
  • Excursus: UUNET
  • 11. UNIX International and OSF
  • 12. GNU tools
  • 13. AT&T v Regents of the University of California
  • 14. Bell Labs After UNIX: Plan 9 and Inferno
  • 15. Commercial UNIXes and BSDI
  • Excursus: the GPL and other Licenses
  • 16. CERN & the Web
  • 17. "Just for Fun"
  • 18. Tanenbaum and Torvalds
  • 19. The Hurd
  • 20. Proliferating Penguins: Yggdrasil etc.
  • 21. X Windows and other interfaces
  • 22. Floods of FUD
  • 23. NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD
  • 24. The Uses of Linux
  • 25. What's in a name?: Lignux and GNU/Linux
  • 26. The literature of Freedom: Raymond & Searls
  • 27. The URL on your breakfast cereal
  • 28. The importance of tinkering
  • 29. The geography of Linux
  • 30. Where do we go from here?

Dr. Salus is the author of "A Quarter Century of UNIX" and several other books, including "HPL: Little Languages and Tools", "Big Book of Ipv6 Addressing Rfcs", "Handbook of Programming Languages (HPL): Imperative Programming Languages", "Casting the Net: From ARPANET to INTERNET and Beyond", and "The Handbook of Programming Languages (HPL): Functional, Concurrent and Logic Programming Languages". There is an interview with him, audio and video,"codebytes: A History of UNIX and UNIX Licences" which was done in 2001 at a USENIX conference. Dr. Salus has served as Executive Director of the USENIX Association.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, California 94305, USA.


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Off topic here please
Authored by: fudisbad on Thursday, May 19 2005 @ 09:25 AM EDT
For current events, legal filings, 3rd amended complaints and Calderaź

Please make links clickable.
Example: <a href="">Click here</a>

See my bio for copyright details re: this post.
Darl McBride, show your evidence!

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Corrections here please
Authored by: fudisbad on Thursday, May 19 2005 @ 09:27 AM EDT
If required.

See my bio for copyright details re: this post.
Darl McBride, show your evidence!

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I love this stuff
Authored by: RealProgrammer on Thursday, May 19 2005 @ 01:51 PM EDT

As these installments have come out, I've been reformatting them (slightly) and putting them at my UIUC site.

Yes, I know it's duplication of effort, and probably a waste of my time. :-) Most of the work is done by Perl, though.

(I'm not a lawyer, but I know right from wrong)

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Software Tools ?
Authored by: artp on Thursday, May 19 2005 @ 02:26 PM EDT
One of the earliest software books that I have is "Software Tools"
(excepting a 1978 (?) AT&T monograph on a new operating system called UNIX).
I think the authors were Kernighan and Plauger, of AT&T. There is now a
second edition out.

I remember the excitement when we got a copy of the Software Tools tape at the
University of Iowa to use on the Prime 750's that we were doing development on.
I remember hearing about the tape long before it arrived.

We had all been using primitive editors, and this tape supposedly had a real
*line* editor on it that would display the line that you were editing. Wow!! No
more blind editing. No more retyping the entire line to fix a mistake.

This would have been early 1983.

The tape was supposed to be based on the book, but I never got the correlation
between the two.

Given that this was one of the earlier examples of shared software that I
witnessed, is this worthy of inclusion in your book? Kernighan seemed to be
involved in several key books back then that helped spread knowledge of UNIX.

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The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin - Licensing question
Authored by: AJO on Friday, May 20 2005 @ 09:04 AM EDT
Excuse me if I seem rude, but what is the reason for choosing a no-derivatives
license for this work?

It would seem appropriate, given Groklaw's championing of the GPL, to release
this under an embrace-and-extend version of the Creative Commons license (in the
spirit of the GPL).

If nothing else, it'd allow future historians of Linux and Unix to create
non-commercial second editions etc., picking up the story where this version

It seems a shame, imvho, to remove one of the freedoms that makes free software

I am not 'trolling', nor am I trying to claim there is some kind of controvesy
where there is not. I fully respect that the author may choose to restrict the
use of his work however he so pleases. I also think it is an excellent account
of a very interesting time.

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