Devcom was a spin-off from Escom Seattle and was also involved in building the original version of Revelation.
Mike -----Original Message----- From: u2-users-boun...@listserver.u2ug.org [mailto:u2-users-boun...@listserver.u2ug.org] On Behalf Of Wjhonson Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 7:04 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [U2] History of Prime Information Anthony I'd be very surprised if the DevCom code was created that way. My understanding, and I'm willing to be corrected, was that the DevCom code was built independently (And thanks for those who jogged my memory) As a Pick-*like* implementation. And the lawsuit wasn't so much a "they stole our code from us", as an "looks like a duck" lawsuit. So I don't think the DevCom folk worked for or with Dick at all when they developed that code. -----Original Message----- From: Wols Lists <antli...@youngman.org.uk> To: u2-users <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 10:57 am Subject: Re: [U2] History of Prime Information On 29/04/13 19:25, Jerry Banker wrote: > Prime Information was originally developed by Devcom I'm not sure what the name was at that time but I do know that Prime Computers bought them out and bought the rights from Pick to develop independently. Prime became a database powerhouse with the product at one time encompassing almost 50% of the database business in the US. From what I heard Vmark was a group of users of Prime Information that decided to go UNIX so they developed UniVerse borrowing much of the expertise from Prime to build a product that would ride on UNIX instead of Primos, Prime's operating system. They even took over some of the offices that Prime had on Speen Street. When Prime went under, don't ask why, at the end of the 80's, early 90's, Vmark bought Prime Information. Actually, I don't think Pr1me bought the right to develop independently. iirc, the group developing GIRLS (Public Domain, btw, as all software developed for the US gov then was) split in two, with Dick forming Pick Systems as one half. The Devcom guys then split off from the other half and were sued (like pretty much everyone else) by Dick. The lawsuit then concluded that the Devcom guys had as much rights as the Pick guys (bear in mind also, that Devcom was a re-implementation, not a derivative). Which is why Pick Systems ended up picking off and taking over all the derivative versions, but not the re-implementations. I wasn't aware of INFORMATION owning a large chunk of the US market, after all, they were up against Oracle and DB2 in their own back yard, but it was Pr1me Australia that licenced PI from Devcom, and they ended up pretty much owning the Aussie market. I didn't think they bought Devcom out - Devcom might have turned into Revelation, but they did buy the (joint) copyright to PI. Again iirc, I think the deal was joint copyright, co-develop, PI on Pr1me and Devcom elsewhere. Cheers, Wol _______________________________________________ U2-Users mailing list U2-Users@listserver.u2ug.org http://listserver.u2ug.org/mailman/listinfo/u2-users _______________________________________________ U2-Users mailing list U2-Users@listserver.u2ug.org http://listserver.u2ug.org/mailman/listinfo/u2-users _______________________________________________ U2-Users mailing list U2-Users@listserver.u2ug.org http://listserver.u2ug.org/mailman/listinfo/u2-users