[TUHS] Public access multics
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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