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Groklaw: The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin, Ch. 2 & 3

Apr 16, 2005, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter H. Salus)

"In spring 1969, AT&T decided to terminate its involvement in a project called Multics--Multiplexed Information and Computing Service--which had been started in 1964 by MIT, GE and Bell Labs. This left those at AT&T Bell Labs who had been working on the project--notably Doug McIlroy, Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson--at loose ends. Doug immediately got involved with other things in Murray Hill, NJ, but Dennis and Ken had been interested in the project per se and wanted to explore several of its ideas.

"Ken has said:

"Dennis and [Rudd] Canaday and I were discussing these ideas of the general nature of keeping the files out of each other's hair and the nitty-gritty of expanding, of the real implementation where you put block addresses..."

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