[TUHS] /dev/drum

Bakul Shah bakul at bitblocks.com
Mon Apr 23 05:14:14 AEST 2018

On Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:37:27 -0400 Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
> available to page itself.   it really is just like the fact that by the
> time of the VAX, DEC was not shipping core memories at all (and few 11's
> shipped with core either as the thanks to Moore's law, the price of
> semiconductor memory had dropped), so calling the main system memory 'core'
> was obsolete.   Thus, the UNIX term 'core dump' was really meaningless.
> [In fact, Magic, the OS for the Tektronix Magnolia Machine has 'mos dump'
> files - because I did that].

I have wondered if the word "kernel" got used instead of
"core" for the essential part of an OS because core was
already in use in relation to memory (and with a different
derivation). "kernel" may have been used in this context in
the '60s but I don't really know who used it first.

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