[TUHS] Re: Peter H. Salus comments (+32V)

Kenneth Stailey kstailey at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 20 00:36:41 AEST 2003

--- Dennis Ritchie <dmr at plan9.bell-labs.com> wrote:
> Peter Salus is quoted as saying
>> ...
>> When the VAX was ``pre-announced,'' the Unix architects at Bell
>> Labs had become disillusioned with DEC, they didn't like VMS and
>> they thought that the VAX had an ``offensively fat instruction
>> set.'' Anyway, Steve Johnson and Dennis Ritchie were working on
>> their Unix port to the Interdata. (Which Steve referred to as the
>> ``Intersnail.'')
> We were far from disillusioned, either with the company
> or the design [...]

Yes, perhap Peter was confused by the propaganda coming from the
groups that were disillusioned such as the PDP-10 crowd who did not
want to give up their luxury mainframes for the VAX.

> [...] 
> A later poster, nao, asked about London and Reiser's memo
> about their work on what became 32V (TM-78-1353-4).
> This seems to be in the company archives, but not in scanned form.
> I've ordered a paper copy, but the mechanism sometimes
> is a black hole.
> 	Dennis

Thanks, this will be a great addition to TUHS if it works out.


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