[TUHS] Happy birthday, core dumped

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at lemis.com
Tue Jun 17 11:56:35 AEST 2014

On Monday, 16 June 2014 at 21:38:40 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
> 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.

Sounds like it was crying out for somebody to write an operating
system for it :-)

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