This post I'll expose what BSW is. It's the Boston Software Works. It was a company that was run by Larry Campbell from 1985 until 1995. They had a number of different products over the years. Through about 1988 they offered their enhanced version of Venix for $800 a copy (not their choice on the price). It was normal Venix, only better. Larry posted the following to mod.newprod on Usenet back in December1986 describing what it was. I've edited the formatting a bit, and trimmed the headers:
- Support for any disk physically connectible to the Rainbow. Our development system runs a 70MB Micropolis disk.
- Virtual consoles, as found in VENIX on IBM-compatible machines, and also in XENIX and Microport System V/AT.
- Support for the NEC V20 chip, which replaces the Intel 8088 for a 10-15% performance gain.
- Support for simultaneous use of a monochrome display (for terminal/console use) and a color graphics display (for graphics).
- Ports (on an as-is basis) of several public domain programs, such as the Usenet news software, rn, smail, and Jove, an excellent EMACS subset.
- Support for the CHS dual-winchester controller.