[TUHS] 40 years of Unix CACM Article

Warren Toomey wkt at tuhs.org
Sat Jun 28 17:02:06 AEST 2014

Just in from an early Unix devotee.

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From: Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org>
Sent: 28 June 2014 16:14:18 AEST
To: Auug Talk <talk at lists.auug.org.au>
Subject: [AUUG-Talk]: 40 years of Unix

Next month sees the 40th anniversary of the article "The Unix Timesharing 
System" published in Communications of the ACM; I was at UNSW at the time, 
and we bought the first tape for subsequent distribution.

At the time its only competitor was RSTS-11, and to a lesser extent 
RSX-11D and RSX-11M (all DEC systems).  It saw CP/M vanish, MS-DOS come 
and go, NT tried to challenge it, and even Windows hasn't beaten it.

It spawned Linux, which Billy Gates regarded as a serious threat ("any box 
running Linux is not running Windows") and even tried a smear campaign 
against it.

Unix was a design that "just worked" because K&R simply got it right, 
right from the start.

It'll never go away.

-- Dave
Applix 1616 mailing list
Applix-L at object-craft.com.au
Talk - The AUUG discussion list.
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Sent from my Android phone with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.
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