The Unix Society

Joerg Micheel joerg at
Mon Aug 3 12:23:17 AEST 1998

On Mon, Aug 03, 1998 at 09:24:52AM +0930, Greg Lehey wrote:
> On Monday,  3 August 1998 at  9:35:17 +1000, Warren Toomey wrote:
> > In article by Greg Lehey:
> >>> Hmm. Looks like we need a larger umbrella group which caters for the
> >>> preservation, use and development of all Unix varieties past and present.
> >>> I nominate the name   The Unix Society ...
> >>> Comments on the suggestion of `The Unix Society' as a name? I'm avoiding
> >>> using UNIX as it's a trademark, and it's an adjective.
> >>
> >> I find the spelling "Unix" looks like the kind of mistake that
> >> people make when they're not aware of these niceties, so I'd prefer
> >> not to use it.
> >>
> >> More generally, though, there's nothing in the name that suggests
> >> anything to do with the history of the system.  For all it says to the
> >> outside world, it's a new competitor to USENIX.
> >
> > Hmm, I don't like the all-caps UNIX, looks ugly. This is probably a taste
> > thing. I wanted to avoid the word `preservation', as people like Steven,
> > Michael and others are still maintaining, using and developing these systems.
> >
> > We need a sub-committee to come up with a new name :-) My next suggestion is
> > /The UNIX Heritage Society/i
> Sounds a lot better.  Time for some other comments, when the rest of
> the world wakes up.

Awake! I fully agree with all of Greg's statements. Btw. the original way of
writing UNIX was actually unix. Small caps. Of course, using troff you could
take advantage of scaling fonts and say \s-2UNIX\s+2. I'm not sure about the
feeling of dmr and colleagues with respect to UNIX, but I remember him having
a heavy disrespect for STREAMS as compared to streams. The thing is that with
email when saying STREAMS you actually shout, which non of us intend to.

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