On Fri, Apr 8, 2022 at 11:28 AM Larry McVoy <lm@mcvoy.com> wrote:
On Fri, Apr 08, 2022 at 09:59:26AM -0400, Dan Cross wrote:
> Of course, by 1976, Unix was at 6th Edition and I can see why no one would
> want to go back to Multics (or being tied to a machine costing an order of
> magnitude more than a PDP-11). But one wonders what would have happened had
> Multics started accepting timesharing, say, 9 months earlier than it did.

Do we have any people around who actively used Multics long enough to
develop a feel for it?  My only experience is the printout that Rob
Gingell had on his office door which was a description of Multics
paging in library after library before it actually ran the program.
I have no idea if it was that bad.

I guess what I'm trying to ask is if Multics had modern hardware
under it, performed well, would we want to be running it?

I'm running Multics under emulation at home and I think it's actually pretty cool.

I imagine that both Doug and Ken would remember it pretty well?

        - Dan C.