For the ancient custom for appointing a High Sheriff, see Pricking the Lites.
Lites was a Unix-like operating system, based on 4.4BSD and the Mach microkernel. Specifically, Lites was a multi-threaded server and emulation library that provided unix functionality to a Mach based system. At the time of its release Lites provided binary compatibility with 4.4BSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, 386BSD, UX (4.3BSD) and Linux.1
Lites was originally written by Johannes Helander at Helsinki University of Technology, and was further developed by The Flux Research Group at the University of Utah. 2