IPROF Management Roundtable

Putting MPE V source code
into public domain

Q. My name is Stan Sieler. Since the Classic MPE system is going off support, what is the likelihood or possibility of getting the source code into what’s been referred to as public domain?

Doug Blackwood: I can’t think of any reason why we wouldn’t want to at least try to take a look at it, and see if we come up with an answer. There could be proprietary information that’s still in a MPE V that’s used in MPE/iX. We just have to investigate and find out, so we’ll take a look at it. If we put it in a public domain, we also lose any rights to do any control over it. So what we could maybe do is sell it for a very low cost, because if we sell it then we can expect adherence to license.

John Korb, Innovative Software Solutions. I want to make a comment about the MPE V source code. I do a lot of work with the US Navy. They run nine different versions of MPE and MPE/iX ranging from V Delta 4 all the way up to 5.5. They have a lot of privileged mode applications on the Classic machines, and up until about the 2P release came out for MPE V, it was no problem. Went through paperwork, waited four or five months they bought the MPE file source code and tables manual. But then things changed. The most recent quote they got for purchasing the MPE V source code Release 40 – which they are trying to install but have been unsuccessful due to some priviledged mode problems on some of their machines – was $10,000 for the source code, and this five-page listing of you have to do this and this and this and this to qualify to buy the source code if you pay the $10,000. It’s become very, very difficult to obtain something for a customer– or I should say for a customer that in the past they didn’t have any trouble buying.

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