[TUHS] Happy birthday, core dumped

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Tue Jun 17 11:38:40 AEST 2014

Gregg Levine scripsit:

> I know I've seen the Star system rig before. But the Xerox Alto one is
> new to me. Wasn't the PDP-7 the fellow where UNIX really got its start
> on before they moved it to a PDP-11?

It was.  The 18-bit systems were the red-headed stepchild of the DEC world.
The PDP-1, PDP-4, and PDP-7 systems had no DEC-supplied operating system,
and the PDP-9 only a minimal one, about like OS/8.  Not until the terminal
18-bit system, the PDP-15, were PDP-11 class operating systems provided.
Consequently, the Bell Labs PDP-7 was essentially useless.

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