[plug] Anyone got strong kernel skills?
pma-la at milleng.com.au
Thu Oct 25 07:33:18 WST 2007
They are indeed closed source. There is just one company in Australia
which has worked on all of these and I ended up crossing to the dark
side to be CEO of it :-)
Softway Pty Ltd as it was known then had some technology, some of which
was commercialised from Sydney University research, which we integrated
into all these kernels (and one or two more.)
To my knowledge we were the only company in Australia and one of only
very few worldwide to license kernel level technology to Sun. The Sun
deal was also the largest licensing deal in Australia's IT history,
again as far as I know.
There are many untold Unix stories in Australia. Here are a few more:
i) Australia was the first country outside the US to have Unix source code
ii) Wollongong University was the first to port Unix to a non-DEC
iii) A good deal of the work on a VM-enabled kernel was the result of
work at the University of NSW
iv) UNSW had the first *stable* VM-enabled kernel, where stable is
defined as running for 24 hours without crashing :-)
v) University of Sydney developed the first Fair Share scheduler to
allow 100 staff and students to use a single VAX 11/780 (1MIP... yes ONE
Fortunately folks in the US like Marshall Kirk McKusick of BSD fame are
aware of such history and have always embraced Australia's cadre of
kernel hackers. In fact, Kirk was just in WA on holiday :-)
Ian Kent wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-10-24 at 22:17 +0800, Paul Antoine wrote:
>> What Adrian said... yup. Also SVR4, Solaris, IRIX...
> But these are closed source.
> Did you work for these companies then?
>> Ian Kent wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Just wondering if anyone here on the list has experience working on the
>>> Linux kernel?
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