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40 Years of Unix

Sep 29, 2009, 19:34 (2 Talkback[s])
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"After the failure of time-sharing system Multics, the two gentlemen needed a computer and an operating system to run Space Travel, an early computer game. Since there was a now-famous "little-used DEC PDP-7" mini-computer at Bell Labs, they took it over and start programming the game into the computer using paper tape. Of course, to run the game, they also needed a file system, some way of handling computer processes. They used the lessons of Multics to create an operating system that, in time, became Unix.

"Today, we often see Unix as an operating system on the way out. I don't see that at all. Yes, specific versions of Unix, such as Sun Solaris aren't doing well, and no one believes that HP's HP-UX or IBM's AIX are going to reclaim the server operating system market from Linux or Windows Server. As for SCO's OpenServer and UnixWare, they're both all but dead, thanks to SCO's focus on fighting with the Linux companies. It's a pity, since both of SCO's Unix operating systems are actually good systems."

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