[TUHS] Public access multics

John P. Linderman jpl.jpl at gmail.com
Sun Sep 2 09:24:56 AEST 2018

I was at MIT in the late 60's, using Multics when Bell Labs decided to pull
out. A problem, in retrospect, was the use of PL/I as the primary language.
PL/I was a language designed by a committee, and it showed. It would never
have made a plausible systems programming language. But Multics was a lot
more fun to use than CTSS, which it replaced.

On Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 5:27 PM, jcs <lists at irreal.org> wrote:

> Will Senn <will.senn at gmail.com> writes:
> So, it looks like someone has gone and started running a multics instance:
>> http://lists.nycbug.org/pipermail/semibug/2018-August/000288.html
>> That’s interesting, and y’all may even have been aware of it. But, I was
>> thinking that Multics was a failed predecessor of unix and it’s craziness
>> an inspiration for how unix isn’t multics... straighten me out :)
> Failed only in the sense that the Labs withdrew from the project.
> Honeywell, which bought out GE's computer division, sold Multics systems,
> although I don't remember them being very successful.
> The real mystery is what it's running on. Multics originally ran on the
> GE/H 600(0) systems. I doubt any are still around. It's probably a
> simulator but I've never heard of one for the H6000.
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