Re: using linux instead of osf

L.P.Williams (
Tue, 26 Nov 1996 14:01:18 +0000 (GMT)

On Tue, 26 Nov 1996, Richard Gorton wrote:

> JP> I am that "representative", and unfortunately, I stand corrected. I was
> JP> informed that even statically-linked Digital UNIX binaries could *legally*
> JP> *ONLY* be run on Digital UNIX systems. This has to do with royalty
> JP> agreements to third parties and "implicit" royalty payments inherent
> JP> in having purchased the Digital UNIX license. Basically, the DU license
> JP> agreement was drafted back when it was inconceivable that another platform
> JP> would appear that was binary-compatible with DU, so a few items were
> JP> relegated to the "fine print".......
> JN> How about running SunOS binaries under Digital Unix with Freeport Express?
> JN> It seems like the same thing to me.
> Nope. Sun, being a different company, has different licensing terms than
> Digital does for it's OS. Believe me, that was very carefully investigated.

How about :

writing your own fortran90 code. Compile it on DU using their F90
compiler then run the executable on alpha linux?

Would it work? Would it be OK as far as licensing goes?


Llewelyn Paul Williams

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