Re: UNIX vs. Unix

Subject: Re: UNIX vs. Unix
From: Bill Marcotte <billm -at- EICON -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 10:39:58 -0400

It seems to me that the lowercase Unix is entrenched as a generic term while
the uppercase UNIX is used when talking about specific systems. Can this be
the case or am I missing something? For e.g., if I write:

"Linux is a Unix clone"

I'm within my rights to use lowercase. But if I write:

"If you are using the Digital UNIX system..."

You would be obliged to use uppercase UNIX.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Karen Farrell [mailto:kfarrell -at- GXT -dot- COM]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 10:09 AM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: UNIX vs. Unix
> RB,
> UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other
> countries,
> licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd.
> Some companies use Unix as their style, and I've seen it
> initial capped
> in a lot of other places, but that is wrong! You can't just go around
> changing trademarked names. (I guess you can, but it's still wrong.)
> Karen
> --
> Karen Farrell
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> kmf -at- gxt -dot- com
> "If you take hyphens seriously, you will surely go mad."--John Benbow,
> Oxford University Press
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