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What does OSF1 mean?

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sap-basis
Occasional Advisor

What does OSF1 mean?

Hi, All:

I saw phrase "OSF1" from time to time in my system when I display system information. It seems it is some kind of disignation of the system name, anybody know what does it mean?
thanks!
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Johan Brusche
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Re: What does OSF1 mean?


OSF stands for Open Source Foundation, one of the many attempts to create a unfied UNIX.
Digital Equipment Corp aka DEC was on of the initial startup members.

___ Johan.

_JB_
Ross Minkov
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Re: What does OSF1 mean?


The UNIX operating system that came from DEC (Digital Equipment Corp) was first named DEC OSF/1 AXP, then renamed to Digital UNIX, then to Compaq Tru64 UNIX, and then to hp Tru64 UNIX.
Today still the OS identifies itself as OSF1 when asked with a tool like unama:

$ uname -s
OSF1

Regards,
Ross
sap-basis
Occasional Advisor

Re: What does OSF1 mean?

Thanks a lot, both of you!
sap-basis
Occasional Advisor

Re: What does OSF1 mean?

Is Tru64 an open source OS?

If not, how should DEC tag it as OSF1?
Ross Minkov
Esteemed Contributor

Re: What does OSF1 mean?


OSF = Open Software Foundation

NOT Open Source!!!

Open Software Foundation -- "OPEN" like in open standards.

OSF/1 is a registered trademark of the Open Software Foundation.

HTH,
Ross
Venkatesh BL
Honored Contributor

Re: What does OSF1 mean?

All the operating systems that comply with the OSF1 standards would have similarity in their commands and system calls. This is to ensure that users can easily use different OSF1 OSs without much issues.
Devesh Pant_1
Esteemed Contributor

Re: What does OSF1 mean?

The belief was that Open Software Foundation would provide a platform for ISVs to work together and independently producing software with common standards
Hence Open Software Foundatin OSF
thanks
Devesh
sap-basis
Occasional Advisor

Re: What does OSF1 mean?

Thanks a lot, man!

This helps~!