OSF vs. Digital Unix

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Jennifer R. Amon

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Apr 17, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/17/95
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I've heard that the "official" name of OSF is to be Digital Unix. Has this
change actually occurred yet? If not already, then when?

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Jennifer Amon

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Dan Pop

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Apr 17, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/17/95
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>I've heard that the "official" name of OSF is to be Digital Unix. Has this
>change actually occurred yet? If not already, then when?
>

According to DEC, it occured, sometime in March. According to me, it
will occur when uname will stop reporting "OSF1".

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Steve Lionel

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Apr 17, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/17/95
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In article <bamon-17049...@amon.cc.oberlin.edu>,
ba...@ocvaxc.cc.oberlin.edu (Jennifer R. Amon) writes:
|>I've heard that the "official" name of OSF is to be Digital Unix. Has this
|>change actually occurred yet? If not already, then when?

Yes, it happened March 14. Here's the official announcement.

DIGITAL TO RENAME DEC OSF/1(tm)
OPERATING SYSTEM "DIGITAL UNIX(R)"

...Receives X/Open UNIX Brand for current
operating system release...

DALLAS, TX -- March 14, 1995 -- Digital Equipment Corporation today
announced that it is has received a license under the X/Open UNIX
branding program to use the UNIX trademark, and has received the
UNIX Brand for its current release of the operating system, now
called Digital UNIX Version 3.2*. To reinforce the UNIX Brand to
better reflect the true nature of their standards-compliant UNIX
product the company also announced that it is changing the name of
its UNIX operating system from DEC OSF/1 to Digital UNIX.
"We've been shipping UNIX source code on our Alpha platforms
since March, 1993," said Don Harbert, vice president of Digital's
UNIX Business Unit. Our branded UNIX system is the same high-quality
software, but now we can call it UNIX. Digital has long supported
cooperative standards efforts among UNIX system vendors, and
provides the most standards-compliant UNIX system implementation in
the industry today. With the branding program in place, changing the
name of DEC OSF/1 to Digital UNIX is the logical step."
"COGNOS heartily applauds the Digital UNIX decision. This name
more appropriately highlights the tremendous job Digital has done in
providing a truly open operating system on a truly open platform,"
said Ron Zambonini, President of Cognos, Inc., Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada.
Products branded as conformant to the agreed Single UNIX
Specification are able to carry the X/Open UNIX Brand. UNIX system
buyers will be assured that systems bearing the X/Open UNIX Brand
will meet the published Single UNIX Specification set by X/Open.
Digital will seek the brand for all subsequent versions of Digital
UNIX. "X/Open is excited to see that Digital has received the X/Open
UNIX Brand so early in our program," said Michael Lambert, Vice
President and Chief Technical Officer of X/Open Company, Ltd. "The
brand, now part of the Digital product name, demonstrates the
company's commitment to meeting customer demand for a broad industry
standard."
Digital UNIX, based on technology from the Open Software
Foundation, is among the most modern operating systems available. It
features modularity, scalability, extensibility and performance
unmatched by any other offering. As the only true general purpose
64-bit operating system on the market today, it leads the industry
by allowing customers and software developers to offer the the next
generation of open computing now. All other vendors will require
that their customers face at least one, and in most cases two,
migrations as they move to the more advanced architectures required
for next-generation applications.
"Today we're shipping the systems and software that other
vendors are promising in the next century," said Harbert. "It's no
wonder that we are seeing unprecedented interest and growth in our
UNIX system products." We will continue to evolve our system on the
same advanced technology base which has let us become the industry
leader in features, functionality quality, and standards-compliance.
Digital has grown its UNIX system business significantly over the
past year, and has been cited by IDC as the fastest-growing vendor
for 1994. We intend to continue that growth trend."

* Digital UNIX V3.2 is an X/Open UNIX 93 branded product.

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Alan Lehotsky

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Apr 17, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/17/95
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Darn! I wish they'd gone with the other name

Killer-Compliant, Butt-Kicking... Unix

That's _almost_ as good as OSF/1....

[See pp14-15 InfoWorld, 4/17/95]

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Brian Saunders

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Apr 17, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/17/95
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What is it that some English guy said - something about a rose by any
other name still being a rose?

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Christian Worley

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Apr 18, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/18/95
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leho...@max.tiac.net (Alan Lehotsky) wrote:
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>
> Darn! I wish they'd gone with the other name
>
> Killer-Compliant, Butt-Kicking... Unix
>
> That's _almost_ as good as OSF/1....

I think both you and digital have come up with names that are
far too long. We're going to have to figure out a suitable
shortend name. How about DUX?

Chris

PAUL D. CHAPIN

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Apr 19, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/19/95
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Christian Worley (cwo...@altatech.com) wrote:
: I think both you and digital have come up with names that are

: far too long. We're going to have to figure out a suitable
: shortend name. How about DUX?

And if I line up my workstations, can I say that I have my DUX in a
row? Or is is Duxes? :-)

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Christian Worley

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Apr 19, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/19/95
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pdch...@unix.amherst.edu (PAUL D. CHAPIN) wrote:
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> Christian Worley (cwo...@altatech.com) wrote:
> : I think both you and digital have come up with names that are
> : far too long. We're going to have to figure out a suitable
> : shortend name. How about DUX?
>
> And if I line up my workstations, can I say that I have my DUX in a
> row? Or is is Duxes? :-)

"Our mission-critical servers run 3.2 DUX"


Chris

Sara Hopkins

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Apr 19, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/19/95
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In article <3n31bv$c...@amhux3.amherst.edu> pdch...@unix.amherst.edu (PAUL D. CHAPIN) writes:

>Christian Worley (cwo...@altatech.com) wrote:
>
>: I think both you and digital have come up with names that are
>: far too long. We're going to have to figure out a suitable
>: shortend name. How about DUX?
>
>And if I line up my workstations, can I say that I have my DUX in a
>row? Or is is Duxes? :-)

DUXen.
^^

Sara

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Eric Werme

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Apr 21, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/21/95
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dan...@afsmail.cern.ch (Dan Pop) writes:

>>I've heard that the "official" name of OSF is to be Digital Unix. Has this
>>change actually occurred yet? If not already, then when?

>According to DEC, it occured, sometime in March. According to me, it


>will occur when uname will stop reporting "OSF1".

Then you'll be pleased to hear that you'll be able to call it DEC for some
time to come. (If we changed uname a zillion shell scripts would break.)
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Tingli Pan

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Apr 21, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/21/95
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In article <werme.7...@alingo.zk3.dec.com>, we...@alingo.zk3.dec.com (Eric Werme) writes:

:dan...@afsmail.cern.ch (Dan Pop) writes:
:
:>In <bamon-17049...@amon.cc.oberlin.edu> ba...@ocvaxc.cc.oberlin.edu (Jennifer R. Amon) writes:
:
:>>I've heard that the "official" name of OSF is to be Digital Unix. Has this
:>>change actually occurred yet? If not already, then when?
:
:>According to DEC, it occured, sometime in March. According to me, it
:>will occur when uname will stop reporting "OSF1".
:
:Then you'll be pleased to hear that you'll be able to call it DEC for some
:time to come. (If we changed uname a zillion shell scripts would break.)
:--
I heard that current version 3.2 is still called OSF/1, the next one
is both unix and OSF/1. And the following one will be unix.

Tingli Pan

Thomas.Meyer

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Apr 21, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/21/95
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In article <D7AL6...@threel.co.uk> s...@threel.co.uk (Sara Hopkins) writes:

...


>Christian Worley (cwo...@altatech.com) wrote:
>
>: I think both you and digital have come up with names that are
>: far too long. We're going to have to figure out a suitable
>: shortend name. How about DUX?
>
>And if I line up my workstations, can I say that I have my DUX in a
>row? Or is is Duxes? :-)

DUXen.
^^

I still would keep faith with DUX:

dux, ducis, that's the Latin expression for a leader, a nice connotation, isn't it?

Still, DUX could easily be mixed up with DGUX, Data Generals Unix.

VAX, VAXIS, DUX, DUCIX, I'm afraid DEC already made its decision
without asking DECUS, DECI :-) !


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Haeni Reto

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Apr 27, 1995, 3:00:00 AM4/27/95
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Hi Jennifer

Jou heard right. After March 31, OSF/1 changed to Digital Unix. DEC also
likes to be called as Digital (and not DIGITAL, they do not shout theyr
nam ;-) )

greetings from a cloudy Berne

- Reto


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