Re: using linux instead of osf

Jon 'maddog' Hall, USG Senior Leader (hall@zk3.dec.com)
Tue, 26 Nov 96 01:20:20 -0500

Bob,

>can you tell us if there is any progress towards licensing runtime components,
>math libraries, and DXML to Linux users without requiring
>a BASE Digital UNIX license?

There is no progress to report at this time.

>Is there a chance that DEC will
>offer commercial ELF versions of these components?

That is too open-ended a question. While there is always "a chance", I would
not buy an Alpha system based on the expected availability of these libraries.

>no incentive to do so if those products might undermine DEC's market for UNIX

That is not the issue.

>rumors that DEC will be lowering it's prices for UNIX soon.

Little or no effect, unless it makes it worthwhile to buy a whole license
just to get the DXML libraries.

>Digital's DXML is worth it's price...if we could only buy it.

I understand. Digital Semiconductor understands. We have not given up, just
have no progress to report.

md

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