"Unix is the old war-bird of operating systems, which is ironic
since it really isn't an operating system any more. I'll explain
that inflammatory statement in a subsequent article."
"It was created in 1969 as a private research project in
AT&T's Bell Laboratories by Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie.
The interface--and I use that term loosely--was "borrowed" from
Honeywell's MULTICS (which comes from MULTiplexed Information
Computing System). The Bell guys also borrowed the naming concept
to create UNiplexed Information and Computing System, which was
originally spelled "UNICS."
"Uniplexed" would imply "one" to the multiplexed "many,"
suggesting that Unix was meant to be a single-user operating
system. Nothing could be further from the truth. Almost every
design decision has been aimed toward making Unix a multiplexed,
"Thus showing that you can't trust anything about Unix."
"Geeks and programmers have always been in charge of Unix,
with good and bad results. Programmers are not particularly good
spellers, and these guys wanted something shorter, harder to spell
and more cryptic than an acronym that made sense. So they
spelled UNICS with an X, beginning a trend of bad spelling and
unintuitive abbreviations that is rampant throughout every command
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