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Groklaw: The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin - Ch. 10

May 27, 2005, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter H. Salus)

"The company we think of as Sun Microsystems began with Andreas Bechtolsheim and some other graduate students at Stanford emulating Motorola's 68000 CPU cheaply. Stanford licensed a single board: the Stanford University Network board -- SUN.

"Soon companies began licensing the board: Codata, Fortune, Dual, Cyb, Lucasfilm, and others. Machines began appearing. Each was 'just another workstation' -- JAWS.

"The first UNIX workstation had been the Z8000 ONYX, hardly a VAX on a chip. John Bass demo-ed it at the USENIX Conference in Boulder, CO, 29 January to 1 February 1980..."

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