[TUHS] Public access multics

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Tue Sep 4 09:41:27 AEST 2018

On Mon, 3 Sep 2018, Doug McIlroy wrote:

>> Was Algol 60 any kind of viable alternative at the time?
> The operating system for the Burroughs B5000 had been written in 
> Burroughs Algol. That punctured the widespread belief that OS's were so 
> particular to the hardware that they had to be written in machine 
> language. I don't recall how far Burroughs Algol went beyond Algol 60, 
> nor why Multics did not want to follow that lead.  ("Viable" is a 
> slippery concept when choosing among Turing-complete alternatives.)

Call me memory-challenged (which I am these days), but wasn't Burroughs' 
OS known as Master Control Program (MCP - Male Chauvinist Pig)?

-- Dave, who has fond memories of the B1500...

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