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osOpinion: The Life and Times of the Multics OS

Jan 28, 2002, 15:21 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kelly McNeill)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Because of its popularity and influence over the years, many have asked whether Multics could be ported to a modern micro. According to the Multics Web site, the answer to this question is a surprising "yes."

As a matter of fact, several projects were started to try this in the 1980s, yet none was ever finished. Porting Multics would be a big and risky job, and the final product would need further development to match current state-of-the-art operating system.

Despite being out of service for about a year-and-a-half, a considerable number of people are still interested in the operating system and in getting a Multics account. Discussion of resurrecting Multics in alt.os.multics has not yet led to a revival of the system, though. If you want a Multics account, join the revival effort."

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