death code = D = Death Star

Death Square n.

The corporate logo of Novell, the people who acquired USL after AT&T let go of it (Novell eventually sold the Unix group to SCO). Coined by analogy with Death Star, because many people believed Novell was bungling the lead in Unix systems exactly as AT&T did for many years. [They were right --ESR]

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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