I've assembled some notes from old manuals and other sources
on the formats used for on-disk file systems through the
Additional notes, comments on style, and whatnot are welcome.
(It may be sensible to send anything in the last two categories
directly to me, rather than to the whole list.)
My apologies if some find this as spam, but I suspect this group might
also find this a worth while read.
Full discloser, I have known John since 1983 or 1984 (I do not remember
when we were co-worked at the firm he talks about in
the article [Masscomp]. I have also read of number of his books and liked
them. In my role as President of USENIX, I allowed John to hawk his books
at some of our conferences, but other than buying his books, I have
never given him $s.
Note: I predated John at Masscomp (and I think he left for Sun before I
left for Stellar).
Many of you know that MSCP
was an early 1980s a start up with a lot of ex-VMS/VAX guys (that
predated Sun and actually did $20M in business the year Sun did it's first
$1M).. Tim, Janet and I shared a card table as our first desk. I think
John and Steve did get hired until we expanded to the 2 bldg in Littleton
and kicked SW out. Everything in the piece WRT to Masscomp I will valid
as true, and like John; when I have run into Tim in the past few years I'm
not sure he recognized me either [although unlike John, I do still exchange
christmas cards with Steve Talbot and just two weeks ago got an email from
Tim about something else].
I completely agree with John's point about about Eric Raymond too BTW. And
John makes a side bar, that "open source" being co-opted from the 60s.
He's stumbled on that right. I have always said the "father" of Open
Source was the late Prof Donald O. Peterson (aka dop) from what he did in
the late 1960s. But that's a story for another time.