[TUHS] Unix, eunuchs?

Andrzej Popielewicz vasco at icpnet.pl
Mon Jun 5 06:44:57 AEST 2006

Michael Welle napisaƂ(a):

> Hi,
> last week a work mate told us a tale about how Unix came to its
> name. He believes that Unix is named after the term eunuch (a
> homophone of (to?) unix in english language).

In Oxford American Dictionary
eunuch (spelled yoo-nuk) . Is it the source of this tale ?

In Webster 3 edition (Koenemann, about 2000 pages)) unix is not mentioned
eunuch (spelled yu-nik,yu-nek)

> One can see Unix as a
> castrated successor of Multics.
Unix was Unics at the beginning(uniplexed information computer system)
as opposed to Multics (multiplexed information computer system),
last was working even in 1980.Even name suggests, that Unics was a 
simplified concept, of course at that time.
As You know most modern Unix boxes are multiCPU systems etc ,etc.

> Hmmm, I am interested in Unix history
> for several years now, but I haven't heard about that before. It is
> really a tale I guess. Any clear words about this topic?
> Michael
You will find tones of information in Internet.


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