CSRG Archive CD-ROMs


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What's The Greatest Software Ever Written? In an article on August 14, 2006, Charles Babcock of InformationWeek concludes ``The single Greatest Piece of Software Ever, with the broadest impact on the world, was BSD 4.3. Other Unixes were bigger commercial successes. But as the cumulative accomplishment of the BSD systems, 4.3 represented an unmatched peak of innovation. BSD 4.3 represents the single biggest theoretical undergirder of the Internet. Moreover, the passion that surrounds Linux and open source code is a direct offshoot of the ideas that created BSD: a love for the power of computing and a belief that it should be a freely available extension of man's intellectual powers--a force that changes his place in the universe.''

Now you can get it here, along with all the other releases that preceded it and followed it from Berkeley. Not only can you see the finished product, but by tracing through the source-code control logs included on CD-ROM #4, you can see how the source code evolved day-by-day and who was responsible for those changes.

Thanks to the efforts of the volunteers of the ``Unix Heritage Society'' (TUHS) and the willingness of Caldera to release 32/V under an open source license, it is now possible to make the full source archives of the University of California at Berkeley's Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) available.

The archive contains four CD-ROM's with the following content:

	CD-ROM #1 - Berkeley Systems 1978 - 1986
	1bsd		2.9pucc		4.1.snap	4.2buglist
	2.10		2bsd		4.1a		4.3
	2.79		3bsd		4.1c.1		VM.snapshot.1
	2.8		4.0		4.1c.2		pascal.2.0
	2.9		4.1		4.2		pascal.2.10

	CD-ROM #2 - Berkeley Systems 1987 - 1993
	4.3reno		4.4BSD-Lite1	net.1
	4.3tahoe	VM.snapshot.2	net.2

	CD-ROM #3 - Final Berkeley Releases
	4.4		4.4BSD-Lite2

	CD-ROM #4 - Final /usr/src including SCCS files
	Contrib		admin		games		local	    sys
	Makefile	bin		include		old	    usr.bin
	README		contrib		lib		sbin	    usr.sbin
	SCCS		etc		libexec		share
The University of California at Berkeley wants you to know that these CD-ROMs contain software developed by the University of California at Berkeley and its many contributors.

The CD-ROM's are produced using standard pressing technology, not using write once CD-R technology. Thus, they are expected to have a 100 year lifetime rather than the 10-20 years expected of CD-R disks. The CD's are sold only in complete sets, they are not available individually. The price for the 4-CD set is $99.00.

In the 20 years since the release of the CSRG CD-ROM Set (1998-2018) I have continued collecting old software which I have put together in two historic collections. The first is various historic UNIX distributions not from Berkeley. The second is programs and other operating systems that shipped on or influenced BSD. The distribution is contained on a single DVD that contains all the original content from the original 4-CD-ROM distribution, these two collections of historic software, and a copy of John Baldwin's conversion of the SCCS database contained on the original disk4 to a Subversion repository. Unlike most write-once technology which remains readable for less than ten years, this DVD can be ordered on a DVD using M-Disc technology which should last for centuries. The price for the DVD is $149.00.

Click here to place an order. The compilation of this archive is copyright 1998 by Marshall Kirk McKusick. You may freely redistribute it to anyone else. However, I would appreciate your buying your own copy to help cover the costs that I incurred in producing the archive.