From: Gregory Alan Bolcer (gbolcer@endTECH.com)
Date: Wed Aug 23 2000 - 16:34:25 PDT
comp.sources.game listed Xconq in the summer of 1986 and
I never did one bit of work the whole Summer.  Later
in July 1987, they came out with an X10 version that allowed
more people than two to play over the Internet. I was one
of those tiny number of people who used X.
A quick GoogleVista search shows a history as follows
from George Tyler, Motorola Computer Group:
1968 - ARPANET to share software [I thought it was to share BAAs]
1969 - Unix source to Universities
1971 - MIT group for Free Software
1979 - Sendmail developed
1983 - General Public License (GPL) [I thought this was a recursive def]
1987 - Minux released with source
1991 - Linux Torvalds' Linux version .02
1993 - Free BSD 1.0
1994 - Red Hat & Caldera founded
1995 - Apache Server
1998 - Netscape releases source code
The History of Open Source Project is a little more
daring. They claim that the "open source" label itself wasn't
really "agreed" upon until Feb 3rd, 1998. The exact quote:
> The `open source' label itself came out of a strategy session held on
> February 3rd 1998 in Palo Alto, California. The people present
> included Todd Anderson, Chris Peterson (of the Foresight
> Institute), John `maddog' Hall and Larry Augustin (both of Linux
> International), Sam Ockman (of the Silicon Valley Linux User's
> Group), and Eric Raymond.
Dave Winer wrote:
> Interesting. I've been getting so much email on this.
> I want to ask you a question.
> Did open source software exist before the term was coined?
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