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The Unix revolution: thank you, Uncle Sam?

Jul 20, 2011, 22:11 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Lasar)

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"Almost twenty-five years before the first Unix Programmers Manual was released, the United States Department of Justice announced that it was pursuing an antitrust action against AT&T, which controlled most of the nation's telephone network. The 73-page complaint was released in 1949, just after Harry Truman was reelected to the White House. It charged AT&T with running a price-fixing conspiracy. The document also accused AT&T subsidiary Western Electric of monopolizing the market for telephones.

"The DoJ demanded that AT&T be divested of the device-making company, but the Korean War exploded a year later. AT&T responded by wrapping itself in the American flag, noting its role as a defense contractor and its management of Sandia Labs. "

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